September 30, 2011 at the Sixth Meeting of the Strategic Headquarters for Space Development
"That capsule that Hayabusa brought back after overcoming a variety of difficulties held not just particles. That capsule was filled to the brim with dreams and hopes and courage."
The Sixth Meeting of the Strategic Headquarters for Space Development, September 30, 2011 (Highlights)
(website linked from this post are provided in Japanese only)
November 1, 2011, in response to a question from Councillor Chiaki Takahashi during the Plenary Session of the House of Councillors
"The spirit of caring about others amidst great difficulties is noble Japanese ethos worthy of pride at a global level. I believe that the earnestness, compassion, and true fortitude of the people of the disaster-stricken areas also demonstrated to the world the virtues of the Japanese people and left an impression upon them. Through the people of the affected areas, the local municipalities, the volunteers who have gathered from all over the world, and the entire Japanese people nurturing to a great size the buds of hope emerging in the disaster-stricken areas, it goes beyond the reconstruction of the affected areas, to also become the strength to create a new Japan."
Live feed of deliberations, House of Councillors Internet TV
(website linked from this post are provided in Japanese only)
October 16, 2011, Address by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the 2011 Air Review of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force
"I myself am the son of a member of the SDF. I have seen SDF personnel, training day in and day out in preparation for every possible contingency many a time. I have watched so many SDF personnel make a contribution on the front lines of a great variety of activities. I have always felt that the SDF are the pride of Japan. Watching the slightest details of your every move today, I have firmly renewed my respect for the SDF and my faith in all of you."
Following the G20 summit meeting in Cannes (which has a time difference of 8 hours behind Japan, with a round-trip total flight time of 26 hours) and the APEC leaders' meeting in Honolulu (19 hours behind Japan; 16 hours round trip), from last Thursday until Sunday morning, I participated in a number of summit meetings in Bali, Indonesia (1 hour behind Japan; 14.5 hours round trip) with the leaders of ASEAN member countries and other nations. For three weeks, I have been attending international meetings over each weekend.
October 31, 2011, in response to a question from Representative Yuko Obuchi during the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives
"Measures to address the declining birthrate are a pressing matter of importance, in light of the arrival of a society whose decline in population is underway in earnest. For that reason, we must stand by the principle of 'children first' and strengthen our support for the child-raising generation both nationally and regionally in order to enhance social security more fully during the first half of people's lives."
House of Representatives Internet TV
October 31, 2011, in response to a question from Representative Seiji Maehara during the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives
"I intend to undertake in a thorough manner reductions in personnel costs and the eradication of wasteful administrative measures. In my policy speech to the Diet, I called upon us to exhibit preparedness and caliber as politicians overall, but I consider myself to be the one whose preparedness and caliber as a politician is being called for most of all. I will tackle these issues based firmly on that fact."
I flew to Honolulu, Hawaii last weekend to attend the leaders' meeting of APEC, a forum for discussing the future of the Asia-Pacific region, and returned to Japan late last night (the 14th). Coming on the heels of my participation in last week's G20 meeting, this was the second round of my diplomatic schedule running three weeks in a row.
October 20, 2011, from Prime Minister Noda's appearance on the NHK show Newswatch 9
"The population of Japan now stands at approximately 128 million people. My job is to drive this large bus carrying people old and young, male and female. I must not drive recklessly, or change our destination suddenly and cause an accident. I will be certain to drive carefully in the future as well. 'Driving carefully' means a society in which each individual can live with peace of mind in a relaxed manner in keeping with a life plan. I will ensure that this comes to fruition."
Noda's Blog, October 31, 2011, "'Preparedness and caliber' to create hope"
"After I delivered that policy speech, a message of encouragement arrived from Ms. Ohgoe herself, saying, 'Sowing seeds of hope to make the flowers bloom, you are the Hanasaka Souri!' ('The Prime Minister who makes bare trees bloom'―a playful twist on the name of the traditional Japanese folktale Hanasaka Jiisan, 'The old man who makes bare trees bloom'). I very much hope that we―myself included―demonstrate 'preparedness and caliber' as politicians within the upcoming Diet deliberations and also in the implementation of our proposals, in order to be able to achieve just such an existence."
*In his Policy Speech to the Diet, Prime Minister Noda quoted Ms. Katsura Ohgoe's poem "A crown of flowers" (links to a YouTube video). Afterwards, a message of encouragement from Ms. Ohgoe to Prime Minister Noda arrived, to which the Prime Minister replied, saying, "I will strive to be the Hanasaka Souri who makes the flowers of the people's hopes come into bloom."
Last week I participated in the G20 Summit held in Cannes, France. Meetings among the heads of state and government continued from morning to night in Cannes, where it was raining with strong winds. Even in the break times between sessions, I scheduled one-on-one meetings with individual leaders to the greatest possible extent and also held discussion sessions with the members of the press who had accompanied me from Japan, at which I conveyed how the summit was progressing. It was two days of working at really high gear.
September 13, 2011, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 178th Session of the Diet
"I will take the lead among the Cabinet in listening carefully to the voices and the heartfelt cries of each and every person in the nation. I will conduct myself with 'sincere spirit and just intent.' I will devote myself only to the people of Japan, and, in order to overcome the crisis before us and resolve the challenges that have beset Japan for many years, I am determined to spare no effort as I advance tenaciously and doggedly forward, one step at a time."
October 28, 2011, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 179th Session of the Diet
"Politicians must also take the initiative to tighten their belts. Issai Sato, a Confucianist from the Edo Period, once said, 'Treat others like the spring breeze, guard yourself against temptation like the autumn frost.' People that represent citizens by involving themselves in politics and government administration are looked on to conduct themselves in an 'austere manner like the autumn frost.'"