TOKYO , Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a general policy speech in a plenary session of the Diet on September 10, 2007 .
Prime Minister Abe stated in his speech, "We must not stop this reform -- for the future of our country and for our children. It was out of this sole determination that I decided to stay on. I would like to fulfill my responsibilities to the people by further advancing reforms with renewed determination, with the remorse based on the harsh election results and the resolve to fight for the people."
Prime Minister Abe concluded his speech to say, "The statecraft I aspire for is one that, while adapting to severe changes in the environment surrounding our country, safeguards and nurtures the values that Japan possesses intrinsically, which we can still find in our daily lives such as a sense of self-discipline, compassion and warmth for others; statecraft that enables each and every person to feel true richness and satisfaction in their daily lives; namely, statecraft that advances the creation of a beautiful country. With a vision of how Japan should be in 50 years, and in 100 years, and never losing sight of our origins, I solemnly swear that I will give all my body and soul to fulfill the responsibilities of the Prime Minister."
(Realizing Sustainable Economic Growth and Creating a Streamlined Government)
SOURCE Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan