In Japan, people are referred to their by family name first and their given name second, as is also customary in China and Korea.
This order came in vogue during a period of rapid westernisation in the Meiji era (1868-1912).
"I plan to ask worldwide media organisations to do this", Kono told reporters, adding that domestic media with English-language services should also consider adopting the change.
While the surname-first approach has become commonly used in English-language textbooks for middle school pupils, Kono's proposal could encounter resistance among Japanese companies with a strong global presence.
"Domestic media outlets that have English services should consider it, too", Kono told reporters at a news conference Tuesday, also noting that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's name should instead be written as "Abe Shinzo".
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Kono, who was speaking in Japanese but was educated in the United States and is fluent in English, has raised the issue in the past. That didn't take on at the time - both among the worldwide community and Japanese people themselves, most of whom continued to write their names in English with family name last - but the hope is that with the new era will come a greater willingness for change.
It's not clear what Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - or Abe Shinzo - makes of the suggestion to change. According to the Chicago Manual of Style, "if (a Japanese) name is westernized, as it often is by authors writing in English, the family name comes last".
The Yomiuri daily reportedthat Japanese passports have been following the surname-first order since 1992, although the given name-first order is still in popular use. Kono is the foreign minister's family name, just as Abe is the Japanese prime minister's family name. On the discussion page, where volunteer editors debate proposed edits and additions to Wikipedia entries, the proposer of the change said it is in accordance with the government's announcement. His family name appears first on his business card and on Twitter.
If Tokyo does turn out to be fighting a losing battle on this point, there will be plenty of opportunities for annoyance in the coming weeks and months.
Some see the request as part of a movement, led by the conservative Abe, to demonstrate a growing confidence in Japan's culture and history as it prepares for more than a year in the worldwide spotlight, first with the G20 summit, followed by the Rugby World Cup in the autumn and then the 2020 Olympics. Or, depending on which publication you're reading, Shinzo Abe.