New Japanese PM gives top priority to COVID-19 response

(VOVWORLD) - Japan’s new Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on Wednesday gave top priority to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, and pledged to continue the “Abenomics” economic strategy initiated by his predecessor Abe Shinzo and focus on reviving Japan’s economic regions.

New Japanese PM gives top priority to COVID-19 response - ảnh 1Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a speech at the press conference after the inauguration in Tokyo on September 16, 2020 (Photo: AFP/VNA) 

At a press conference, Mr. Suga pledged to strengthen the national health insurance system to help couples struggling with infertility pay their medical costs, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and end localism in the administrative apparatus.

He said the Japan-US alliance will be the foundation of his foreign policy and expressed his determination to resolve the issue of North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s.

Mr. Suga, Chairman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, became Japan’s 99th Prime Minister on Wednesday. His inauguration took place at the Imperial Palace.

The same day, the White House announced that President Donald Trump is ready to work with the new Prime Minister to consolidate the bilateral relations which were fostered under his predecessor.  

China and South Korea said they look forward to improved relations with Japan now that Suga is Prime Minister. In a congratulatory telegram, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing and Tokyo need to build a relationship in line with the new era.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed his hope for better bilateral relations. The Korean Foreign Ministry said Seoul will continue to work with Mr. Suga and his Cabinet.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sent a congratulatory letter that called Japan an important partner of ASEAN. He expected to maintain the open and lasting partnership in areas like economic cooperation and disaster response.