Arab News Japan
TOKYO: Japan’s Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu appeared outside a station in Tokyo on Thursday to offer support to young election candidate Hayato Suzuki.
Liberal Democratic Party candidate Suzuki is concerned with social issues, especially dementia and in his work in the Diet, he committed to write a law aiming to create a society in which people with dementia are respected as members of the community.
Motegi avoided talking about diplomatic tensions, preferring to focus on national and local issues and how his party should help the younger generation.
In his speech, the foreign minister referred to General de Gaulle and the birth rate policy he implemented after World War II, which enabled France to increase its birth rate. He hoped that Japan could have a similar birth rate policy.
Motegi regretted that many businesses have shut down due to the pandemic but praised the government’s efforts in acquiring new oral drug treatments to treat the virus.
In his blog, Suzuki has written about experiencing poverty as a child, and that he understands the suffering of people. He has set up a program to break the chain of poverty called Youth Aid Japan. He also helped put in place the Dementia Prevention bill, with experts estimating that one in two people may be affected in the future.