January 5(Wednesday)

The year to switch from defensive mode to a successful offensive has begun

 

Yesterday morning I held a press conference to kick off the new year.  I stated once again my determination to do my utmost to carry out the three principles I laid out in my New Year's Reflection released on New Year's Day, namely "undertaking the 21st-century opening of Japan", "achieving a society in which human suffering is reduced to a minimum", and "engaging in politics that rectifies absurdities".

 

In the media coverage of this press conference, items related to Mr. Ozawa were virtually the only stories given major prominence, but what I place the greatest weight on is switching from a defensive to an offensive mode in order to tackle political issues that have been put off for some time.

 

I am determined this year to take on with courage issues that cannot be postponed any longer, including accelerating the liberalization of trade and reforming agriculture and also reforming the social security and tax systems.

 

This "Looking squarely at the Future" column will convey this true intent of mine that has not being communicated sufficiently through media coverage.  This evening I will also be appearing live on a commercial television news program and I intend to discuss my thinking thoroughly and thoughtfully.

 



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