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Aso Cabinet E-mail Magazine Inaugural Preparatory Issue (October 2, 2008) ================================================================

"Be Strong and Bright."
-- Message from the Prime Minister
(Provisional Translation)

Prime Minister Taro AsoProfile Japanese


The mission of the Prime Minister.

Hello, this is Taro Aso wishing you well.

On September 24, 2008, I assumed the office of Prime Minister of the 92nd Cabinet of Japan. I am very much looking forward to communicating with the readers of the e-mail magazine.

The grave responsibility of the premiership has fallen upon my shoulders, and I feel its weight keenly In particular, I have taken sternly to heart the fact that we are in the midst of a crisis encompassing the people's anxieties about the economy, as well as their daily lives and the future, and moreover, their dissatisfaction with politics that have failed to assuage these anxieties.

I believe my mission is nothing less than to revive Japan, making it once again a strong and bright nation.

To rebuild the Japanese economy and to increase the prosperity of the people are issues of utmost urgency. I will immediately take measures to revive business activity and to cope with rising prices. The Japanese economy needs three years for a full recovery; in three years, Japan must break out of its mold.

I believe in the latent power of Japan.

We are a hard-working people with technological prowess. The Japanese economy has boldly met countless severe challenges, and each time it has emerged stronger. There is absolutely no reason to be pessimistic.

I will devote myself to ensuring politics that do not shy away from the tasks at hand but instead carry them out responsibly. I am determined to build a strong and bright nation -- a nation of which we, the people of Japan, can feel proud.

Over the past year, I have toured 161 locations around the country in order to listen directly to what the people in the regions have to say.

This e-mail magazine is not just to express my ideas; it also provides an opportunity to listen to your views, so that I can reflect them in the conduct of the affairs of state.

I hope each and every one of you will think of yourselves as members of the Aso Cabinet, and share with me your frank opinions. Together, let us energize Japan.

* Policy Speech by Prime Minister Taro Aso to the 170th Session of the Diet
(September 29, 2008)
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/asospeech/2008/09/29housin_e.html

* Profile of the Prime Minister
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/asoprofile/index_e.html

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- Decision on Senior Vice-Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries (September 29, 2008) and others
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General Editor: Prime Minister Taro Aso
Chief Editor: Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Jun Matsumoto
Publication: Cabinet Public Relations Office
1-6-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8968, Japan


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