I delivered an address titled, ‘How will our society change after controlling the new coronavirus infections?’ at an assembly of my supporters’ groups held in Fukuoka City yesterday. At present, the spread of the new coronavirus infections throughout Japan has not stopped yet, and in Fukuoka Prefecture, we are still under tough conditions and people are worried about the arrival of the secondary wave of infections. My staff and I were of two minds as to whether or not we should hold the assembly, but after careful consideration, we decided to carry out the assembly under thorough preventive measures against the new coronavirus infections, asking all the attendees to follow our prevention guidelines.
At the beginning of the assembly, two messages, one from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the other from Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, were read aloud. Both messages showed strong support for my political activities, and impressed the attendees. Subsequently, Executive Acting Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Tomomi Inada gave a speech as a special guest. Mrs. Inada is a former Minister of Defense. I have been familiar with her as a member of the lawyers’ group in the Diet, and we share similar views on the China issue. She now leads the Diet female members, and she is one of the most promising politicians in the LDP. In her speech, she praised me for my career to be worthy of serving as either Minister of Foreign Affairs or Minister of Defense.
I spoke about the issues and prospects of our society after the control of the new coronavirus infections. I expressed my strong will to definitely realize my vision for the future. To fulfill this purpose, I would make the best efforts to win the forthcoming general election of members of the House of Representatives which will come sooner or later along with the dissolution of the House.
As the old saying goes, ‘Friends are the most valuable assets’. I expressed my heartfelt gratitude to all of my friends who managed to attend the assembly amid COVID-19.