TOKYO — Japan’s Digital Minister Taro Kono was the public’s top choice to be Japan’s next prime minister, surpassing even current PM Fumio Kishida, a recent nationwide opinion poll has revealed.
The Mainichi Shimbun and the Social Survey Research Center conducted the poll on Sept. 17 and 18, asking 642 mobile phone users who they wanted to be the next prime minister. Among the 508 people who answered, 87 respondents, or 14%, named Kono. Sixty-six respondents, or 10%, hoped Kishida would stay in office.
Other figures mentioned by at least 10 respondents were: the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s former Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba and Economic Security Minister Sanae Takaichi, named by 33 people each; former Osaka Gov. Toru Hashimoto, named by 30 people; former Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, named by 22 people; the minor opposition party Reiwa Shinsengumi’s leader Taro Yamamoto, named by 21 people; and former Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, given by 14 people.
(Japanese original by Daisuke Nohara, Political News Department)