Selin ATAY-TDO- Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide stated that controlling the outbreak of the novel type of coronavirus (Covid-19) and reviving the economy will be the top priorities of the new cabinet.
Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide shared his remarks on Japan's domestic and foreign policy, economy and coronavirus outbreak at his first press conference since taking office.
Recalling that Japan's previous prime minister, Abe Shinzo, left office mid-term citing health reasons, Suga Yoshihide said a gap in politics could not be tolerated.
Prime Minister Yoshihide also touched on Japan's socioeconomic situation during the coronavirus outbreak. "I have a duty to continue Abe's policies so that the people can be restored to their health," the PM said.
"We will prevent the virus from spreading like in Western countries," Suga said, stressing that the first priority is precise measures against coronavirus. “We are aiming for a vaccine that will be available to all citizens in the first half of next year," he said.
Prime Minister Suga said that efforts will be made to return the economy to periods when it was as strong as before, noting that monetary expansion, financial investment and growth strategies are among the policies that are planned to be pursued.
Prime Minister Suga stressed that Japan will continue to act on the basis of its alliance with the United States within the framework of its foreign policy. "We want to develop stable relations with neighboring countries, including China and Russia, with a vision of a free and free Indo-Pacific," Suga added.
"The people are waiting for control of the epidemic and the construction of the economy from the new cabinet," Suga said in a response to question about early elections. “In any case, the election is in 1 year," he said, adding that he wanted to think about the time lag.