In his first political speech on Friday, the new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to strengthen the management of the Corona epidemic and healthcare in the event of a resurgence of the virus, And adjust the battered economy While strengthening the country’s defenses against threats from China and North Korea. Kishida also promised a policy of “trust and empathy”.
Kishida with the new Japanese government
Kishida was elected by Parliament He was sworn in as the 100th prime minister of Japan on Monday, succeeding Yoshihide Suga, who stepped down after just one year as prime minister. Suga’s uncompromising approach to virus measures and hosting the Olympics despite a spike in cases has angered the public and hurt his ruling Liberal Democrats.
Today, Kishida said, “I will dedicate my body and soul to overcome the national crisis with the people to pave the way for the new era so that we can pass on generous Japan to the next generation.
He vowed to be more attentive to the concerns and needs of the public and to prepare measures against the virus on the basis of the “worst case”. This includes leveraging the reduction in infections to better manage crises before the weather gets colder, approving pills to treat COVID-19 by the end of December, and digitizing vaccine certificates as Japan gradually attempts to expand social and economic activity.
A patient with corona in an intensive care room in Japan
Kishida said, The former moderate who recently turned into a hawkish stream On security issues, Japan must also increase its preparedness for growing regional threats. Seeing that the security environment has become more difficult, he said he would review Japan’s national security and defense strategy to improve its missile defense capability and maritime defense.
Kishida, the 64-year-old former foreign minister, will face a major test of leadership in a general election slated for October 31.