My local supporters’ assemblies, which were held in Dazaifu City and Onojo City respectively on October 25, ended in success. Mr. Seishiro Eto, a member of the House of Representatives, was invited to the assembly held in Dazaifu City as a special guest, and Dr. Kuniko Inoguchi, a member of the House of Councillors, was invited to the assembly held in Onojo City as a special guest. Both are members of the Liberal Democratic Party. Both of them strongly supported my activities as a politician in their brisk and lively speeches.
Both guests emphasized the necessity of politicians’ ‘wisdom, experience, and bravery’ in an entirely new society which will come after the end of coronavirus pandemic. They added that it is therefore extremely difficult for younger politicians with little experience to take over the roles in a newly arising society. From these viewpoints, they focused on my achievements as a politician and expected me to lead a new society when it comes.
As a matter of fact, my life as a politician for 35 years, including 25 years as a member of the House of Representatives, would not have lasted without such politicians’ characteristics and experiences as the two guests mentioned. Currently, the situation in my electoral district is becoming increasingly tense toward the forthcoming election of members of the House of Representatives. However, feeling people’s expectations for and trust in me, I am living each day with a calm mind.