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Japan Defence Minister Kono says still undecided on run for ruling party leadership

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Defense Minister Taro Kono reacts during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Defence Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday he is still undecided on whether to run as a candidate in a ruling Liberal Democratic Party election to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as leader.

“I am consulting with friends on what to do,” Kono said at a regular press briefing. He did not to say when he intended to make a decision.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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