Policy Speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the 165th Session of the Diet
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a policy speech to a plenary session of the House of Representatives and the House of Councillors.
In his speech, Prime Minister Abe remarked, "The vision I am aiming for is that of 'a beautiful country, Japan' - a country filled with vitality, opportunity, and compassion, which cherishes a spirit of self-discipline, and is open to the world." He further identified the "beautiful country" as possessing the following four attributes: (i) a country that values culture, tradition, history, and nature; (ii) a country underpinned by free society, respects discipline, and has dignity; (iii) a country that continues to possess the vitality to grow toward the future; and (iv) a country that is trusted, respected, and loved in the world, and which demonstrates leadership. In order to meet these attributes, he stressed that "With my conviction that a bright future is open before us, I am determined undauntedly to keep the torch of reform burning."
Prime Minister Abe thereafter stated the basic policy for each of the following areas: constructing an open economy full of vitality; resolute implementation of fiscal consolidation and administrative reform; realizing a healthy and safe society; rebuilding education; and shift to proactive diplomacy.
In concluding his speech, Prime Minister Abe said, "Once, when Albert Einstein visited Japan, he said, 'It is my sincere wish that the Japanese people keep intact and never forget those traits which you have intrinsically possessed: humbleness and simplicity essential to an individual, pure and calm Japanese heart.' I believe it is fully possible to build a 21st century Japan, which retains the Japanese virtues which Einstein admired, and filled with charm and vitality. I believe that the Japanese people have the ability to realize this." Prime Minister Abe called for the understanding and cooperation of the people of Japan and the members of the Diet in his endeavor to create "a beautiful country, Japan."
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