Japan’s new foreign minister Taro Kono: China’s friend … or foe?

When Taro Kono was named as Japan’s new foreign minister on August 3, advocates of a closer relationship with China were delighted – but conservatives winced at the appointment.
Kono is the son of Yohei Kono, a former foreign minister and deputy prime minister, and there were many who assumed he would follow in the political footsteps of his liberal-minded father and reach out to Beijing and Seoul.
Foreign media clearly made the same assumption, with the internet version of the…