A House of Representatives plenary session is held at parliament in Tokyo on Oct. 26, 2020. At the start of the 41-day extraordinary Diet session through Dec. 5, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga made his first policy speech since he took office in mid-September. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

The following is the gist of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's first policy speech delivered Monday at an extraordinary session of parliament.


Suga vows to:

-- cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

-- carry on economic policies of his predecessor Shinzo Abe.

-- balance steps against COVID-19 with promotion of economic activity.

-- secure enough COVID-19 vaccines for all residents by 1st half of next year.

-- hold Tokyo Olympics next summer as proof humanity has beat novel coronavirus.

-- set up new agency to facilitate digitalization of government functions.

-- resolve the issue of North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals.

-- maintain deterrence provided by Japan-U.S. security alliance.

-- aim for free and open Indo-Pacific region.

-- seek to maintain stable ties with China and South Korea.

-- extend public health insurance coverage to fertility treatment.

-- swiftly work on reforms, including lowering mobile phone bills and digitalizing administrative procedures.

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