2021 (Reiwa 3) has just started, and I wish it will be the year full of hopes and dreams. The Japanese people are now voluntarily obeying the self-restraint request made by the government in order to control the spread of the new coronavirus infections, but I understand there is a limit to their patience. Therefore, I would like to say, “Let’s pull together and overcome this difficult situation the soonest possible.”
The general election of members of the House of Representatives, which I will run for, is imminent. This election will definitely be the hardest challenge that I have ever faced in my life where a tangible result of efforts will be revealed to the public. To address this challenge, I am full of vitality both physically and mentally. Therefore, once again, I would like to ask all of your advice and support which are indispensable for me to win the election.
The direction as to how we control the COVID-19 infections ‘with the coronavirus’ and ‘after the coronavirus’ will be the most serious political and socio-economic issue in Japan from now on. Of all the measures to cope with the COVID-19 infections, I believe that the rearrangements and strengthening of the medical systems ranging from the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to the intensive medical treatment for the seriously ill patients should come first. Meanwhile, the aging population with declining birthrate, the deterioration of the environment which will cause global warming, and the anticipated food shortage should not be disregarded because they are the essential components of Japan’s social structure. Regarding Japan’s economic growth, Japan’s nominal GDP in 2019 (calendar year) stood at US$ 5,148.7 billion, ranking the third largest country in the world. However, Japan’s nominal GDP per capita in 2019 (calendar year) was US $ 40,791 ranking the 19th out of 37 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
(Source:https://www.esri.cao.go.jp/jp/sna/data/data_list/kakuhou/files/2019/sankou/pdf/kokusaihikaku_20201224.pdf). The Japanese government is currently planning to establish the Digital Agency to promote Information Technology (IT), but I wonder if that is adequate to enable the Japanese IT industries to compete with GAFA which is an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.
With regard to Japan’s security and diplomacy, the most important thing is that we have to keep in our mind the protection of Japan’s sovereignty and dignity. We should protest against the Chinese government’s expansion of its hegemonic acts in the East and South China Seas. China’s coast guard vessels have been frequently entering the contiguous zone and intruding into the territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands which belong to the sovereignty of Japan historically and under International Law. Furthermore, the Chinese government has been oppressing the ethnic minority groups in China such as the Uyghur ethnic group and the Inner Mongolia’s group, infringing on their human rights. Hong Kong, which was once guaranteed by the Chinese government a high degree of autonomy until 2047 under the status of ‘one country, two systems’, is also being oppressed, and so is Taiwan. North Korea’s abduction of Japanese citizens has not been resolved for many years, and thus, should be resolved by all means. Regarding Japan’s diplomacy with the US after Joe Biden presidential inauguration which is to be held on January 20, I expect that the relationship between the two countries will become more normal than before, but I am slightly concerned about the Japanese government’s excessive reliance on President Biden’s diplomatic policy.
There is no limit to my thoughts and worries about our state. With a sense of crisis and mission, I am always keeping in my mind the following words: “If I don’t do it, who will?” I will emphasize this point in the forthcoming election.