I have received congratulatory words from so many people on my inauguration as Minister of the Environment. With deep emotion and a tense feeling, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to people in Fukuoka Prefecture and all other concerned people for their support and cooperation which have been given to me. Under such situation, I am ready to devote myself to performing my duty without forgetting my first resolution to become a politician in my young days. I would like to ask all of you for your further support and cooperation.
I attended the Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Abe in the early morning of October 5. Subsequently, I visited the Crown Prince’s Palace and several other imperial families’ residences to greet them (substantially, to register my name for greetings to them at each residence), and came back to the Ministry of the Environment to attend several meetings. In the afternoon, I had a press conference within the ministry, then a meeting with Mayor of Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture and Chairman of its Assembly, meetings with my staff, and video message recording for a medical-related conference. In addition, I visited the headquarters of the Liberal Democratic Party to greet Secretary General Nikai and others, and attended the screening committee of the essay contest. Finally, I got on the plane for Fukuoka at 7:30 at night.