Tarō Kōno ▸ Facts ▸ Comments ▸ News ▸ Videos
Kōno Tarō is a Japanese politician belonging to the Liberal Democratic Party. He is a member of the House of Representatives, and has served as Minister for Defense since a Cabinet re-shuffle by Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on 11 September 2019. Kōno previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs under the same Prime Minister until he was appointed to his current ministerial role.
You Might Like
Japan ‘extremely concerned’ by surge in COVID-19 cases in US basesJapan has expressed extreme concern about a rise in coronavirus cases among American military personnel in US bases in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. “We’re extremely concerned,” Japanese..
Japan halts deployment of Aegis Ashore missile defence systemJapanese Defence Minister Taro Kono said on Monday that he had suspended plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore air defence radar stations designed to detect and counter North Korean ballistic missiles.
Japan's defense minister says he has halted deployment of Aegis Ashore systemJapanese Defense Minister Taro Kono said on Monday that he had halted plans to deploy the Aegis Ashore air defense radar that can track and target ballistic missiles in space in two parts of Japan.
Japan says Middle East mission in self-interest as crude importerJapan's Defense Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday defended Tokyo's decision to send forces to the Middle East to help ensure the safety of merchant ships, saying it was in the Japanese people's interest,..
Lot at stake in West Asia, seek peace, India tells US, JapanDefence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told his US and Japanese counterparts, Mark Esper and Taro Kono, that India was firmly in favour of de-escalation in the ongoing tensions between the US and..
Rajnath talks to US, Japanese counterparts, says India wants peace in Middle EastDefence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told his US and Japanese counterparts, Mark Esper and Taro Kono, that India was firmly in favour of de-escalation in the ongoing tensions between the US and..
Joining RCEP against India’s interest, Modi tells Japan ministersPM Narendra Modi outlined India’s concerns on RCEP in a meeting with Japanese foreign and defence ministers, Toshimitsu Motegi and Taro Kono, reiterating that joining the free trade pact in its..
Defence minister Rajnath Singh holds talks with Japanese counterpartDefence minister Rajnath Singh has held talks with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on a range of strategic issues including the evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific region. Both India and..
Japan tells U.S. 'no one could be optimistic about North Korea'Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told his U.S. and South Korea counterparts on Sunday that "no one could be optimistic about North Korea," shortly after Washington and Seoul announced plans to..
Japan's foreign minister Kono may move to defense in cabinet shuffle: SankeiJapan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono is being considered for the role of defense minister when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffles his cabinet next week, the country's Sankei Shimbun reported on Sunday.
Japan economy minister Motegi front-runner to be next foreign minister: YomiuriJapanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is set to replace Taro Kono as foreign minister when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reshuffles his cabinet on Sept. 11, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on..
Iran has "special interest" in Gulf stability, Zarif tells JapanIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Tuesday that his country has a "special interest" in securing stability in the Persian Gulf. At the outset of..
Japan minister, meeting Iranian counterpart, urges Iran to abide by nuclear dealJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said he urged Iran to abide by a 2015 nuclear deal during a meeting on Tuesday with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Meeting Iran counterpart, Japan minister says he hopes to ease Mid-East tensionJapan will try to help ease tension in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Tuesday as he began a meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Japan summons South Korean ambassador as row deepensJapan on Thursday summoned the South Korean ambassador to protest Seoul's decision to scrap an intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said, as relations between..
Japan foreign minister says South Korea's move 'completely mistaken response'Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Thursday criticized South Korea for terminating an intelligence agreement between the two countries, calling it a "completely mistaken response" and extremely..
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urges Japan and South Korea to keep talking to end ...China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Tokyo and Seoul to resolve their bitter trade conflict through dialogue on Wednesday and said China was willing to help at the annual meeting of the three..
Japan's Kono wants progress in resolving wartime labor feud with SeoulJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Wednesday said he wanted to see progress toward resolving a feud with South Korea over compensating Korean wartime workers that has put a deep chill on ties..
Japanese, South Korean foreign ministers to meet in Beijing on WednesdayJapan's foreign minister Taro Kono will meet his South Korean counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, in Beijing on Wednesday, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Monday, amid deteriorating relations..
Japan, South Korea dispute over history, trade deepens as man dies of immolationJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono summoned and admonished South Korea's ambassador on Friday in a deepening diplomatic dispute over compensation for Korean wartime forced labor that threatens global..
Japan, South Korea diplomats trade words in escalating dispute over wartime forced laborJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono summoned South Korea's ambassador on Friday in a deepening diplomatic dispute over compensation for Korean wartime forced labor that threatens global supply of..
Japan says Seoul must fix wartime labor issue that violates international lawSeoul must take swift steps to resolve a dispute over the issue of compensation for wartime forced labor, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono told South Korea's ambassador on Friday, adding that the..
Japan to summon South Korea envoy over World War Two labourer rowJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono plans to summon South Korea's ambassador on Friday, his ministry said, in a deepening political and economic row over compensation for Korean forced labourers in the..
India, Japan to take Modi-Abe vision forward: JaishankarAfter a telephonic conversation with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Tuesday, the EAM tweeted, "Had a good talk with Japanese Foreign Minister @konotaromp. We agreed to be in regular contact and..