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Aso Cabinet E-mail Magazine No.13 (January 8, 2009)

" 'Peace of mind' and 'vitality' "
-- Message from the Prime Minister
(Provisional Translation)

Prime Minister Taro AsoProfile Japanese

Happy New Year to you all. This is Taro Aso.

Here at the start of the year, I have renewed my determination towards building a new nation.

At the press conference on January 4, I embodied my wishes in two Japanese words -- "Anshin (peace of mind)" and "Katsuryoku (vitality.)" Many of the readers of this e-mail magazine might have watched it on TV.

The goals towards which I am striving are to realize "a Japan in which people can live with peace of mind" and "a Japan of vitality." These goals will remain unchanged.

With firm resolve I am determined squarely to face the present difficult circumstances and I am prepared to follow through to the end in order to defend the daily lives of the people.

The ordinary Diet session began on January 5. I have presented to the Diet the second fiscal 2008 supplementary budget, which will underpin measures such as job creation in the regions, immediate assistance towards household finances in the form of the fixed-sum stipend, countermeasures against cash-flow problems faced by small and mid-sized enterprises, and a substantial reduction of highway tolls.

Together with the first fiscal 2008 supplementary budget, which has been executed, and the fiscal 2009 budget, we will proceed with the three sets of measures in a seamless manner, as if they were a three-stage rocket.

I should like the second fiscal 2008 supplementary budget and the fiscal 2009 budget to be approved as soon as possible. The early passage and execution of these budgets will constitute the best possible economic countermeasures.

In the current critical economic situation, the issue of countermeasures for the economy, including those for employment, eclipses affiliations, whether to the ruling coalition or opposition parties. We must pass the budgets in the Diet and implement these countermeasures as soon as possible in order to defend the people's daily lives.

"Pessimism comes from our passions; optimism from the will."

I am fond of these words from the French philosopher Alain. The future is something we create. The future is bright. Strongly believing thus, I will take action. It is precisely this kind of strong will that becomes significant power which opens the way to the future.

I hope, from my heart, that this year will be a fruitful one for each of us, and I, too, will do as much as I can to make it so.

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