A new Prime Minister is scheduled to be elected at the special session of the Diet to be convened on the 26th. I would like to say a few words to the public before the general resignation of the Cabinet.
Yesterday (the 2nd) I learned of the tunnel collapse incident that occurred in Yamanashi Prefecture. My heart aches hearing about the tragic state of affairs at the accident site. I offer my sincere prayers for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in this accident and extend my heartfelt sympathy to those who were injured and to those who suffered damages.
The functions of the government do not stop even after the House of Representatives has been dissolved. I returned from Cambodia in the pre-dawn hours of the 21st and since then I have continued to fulfill my official duties as Prime Minister.