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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

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


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...

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