Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made a commitment to continue the determination to hold the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games in the country, where Covid-19 will be brought under control as soon as possible.
Tokyo In his speech at the ordinary opening of the parliament, Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, made evaluations about the economy, the Olympics, and the pandemic measures from foreign policy. Suga reminded that the state of emergency (state of emergency), which involves people staying at their homes out of need and early closing of restaurants, continues in 11 states across the country, including the capital Tokyo.
“I will be at the forefront of the fight against the virus with the help of the people.” Stating that the safety and effect of Covid-19 vaccines will be proven by the end of February, Suga stated that he will also dispel doubts among the public as a vaccine.
Noting that the revision of the law that stipulates that individuals and businesses who do not comply with the Covid-19 measures in the regions where the state of emergency is applied will be brought to the parliament, Suga promised to protect business and livelihoods.
Stating that he will fulfill his “political responsibility” to improve the economy of the country against Covid-19, Suga will turn to environmentally friendly technologies such as solar energy in the new period, reach the “net 0 carbon target” by 2050, and establish a digitalization agency towards administrative reforms in September. told.
Reiterating his commitment to the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed to July, Suga pointed out that the tournament will be an indication of the development of Japan after the earthquake and tsunami disaster in 2011, “In addition, the games will also be proof that humanity has defeated Covid-19.” he spoke.
Emphasizing that his country advocates “multilateralism” in foreign policy, Suga said that the current alliance with the US is the basis of both Japan’s security and diplomacy and the Indo-Pacific peace. Pointing out that he wants to make progress in relations with South Korea, China and Russia, Suga stated that he is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un “without preconditions” to solve the issue of “Japanese detained” by North Korea. Edano Yukio, leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, referred to Suga’s speech at the press conference, “(Covid-19) I did not feel a sense of urgency from the crisis that came in this century and the Prime Minister’s speech. said.
Democratic People’s Party leader Tamaki Yuichiro said, “If the Olympics are not held, what is plan B, we should start thinking about it.” used the expression. The Tokyo Olympic Games, which were previously planned to be held on 24 July-9 August 2020 and were postponed due to the pandemic, were decided to be held on 23 July-8 August 2021.