TOKYO – Taro Kono, reappointed as foreign minister, is known for his push for administrative reform and proactive diplomacy.
Kono, 55, assumed his first Cabinet post in 2015 as minister in charge of administrative reform under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He concurrently served in other posts including disaster management minister and was chairman of the National Public Safety Commission.
Since becoming foreign minister in August 2017, Kono has used his English skills to communicate with his foreign counterparts and called for Japan to acquire an airplane dedicated to his post to step up Japan’s diplomacy.
Kono was born into a family of politicians. His father Yohei Kono served as foreign minister, chief Cabinet secretary and lower house speaker. His grandfather was also a politician. First elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, he is an eighth-term lawmaker.