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Abe's low-key foreign minister watched as potential rival

Local media reckon his clean image plus the backing of his dovish LDP faction could propel him into the leader's seat

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Mr Kishida has avoided media interviews and stuck rigidly to Mr Abe's script since taking up his current post in 2012. 

Tokyo

A SELF-EFFACING former banker, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida isn't known for courting publicity in a way that comes naturally to most politicians.

So when he appeared this month with a comedian clad in clashing animal prints to promote a United Nations programme,

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