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December 1, 2011, Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

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December 4, 2011, Dialogue on the comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems

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New frontiers

Prime Minister NODA's KEYWORDS December 20 (Tuesday) 13:30

Article contributed by Prime Minister Noda to the October 2011 edition of the monthly magazine Voice

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The extraordinary session of the Diet has come to a close and a daily scramble has now begun to address squarely the major issues needing resolution as we head into the end of the year.

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December 4, 2011, Dialogue on the comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems

"When the manager of a victorious pro baseball team is lofted into the air in celebration, it's everyone helping to put that one manager aloft.  The foundation of the current social security system was like that, with lots of people providing support through the demographic composition Japan had fifty years ago, when the system of providing universal pensions and universal health insurance started.  But at present, roughly three people of working age support one elderly person, much like the "knights and horses" game in which one teammate rides atop the backs of three fellow players.  And as the momentum of the dwindling birthrate and aging population increases, at some future date we'll have a ratio of one person supporting one other person.  That's now become a piggyback ride.  Carrying someone piggyback, or a whole team tossing someone aloft―there's quite a difference in the way to support someone, isn't there?"

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Government Public Relations Online:  Dialogue on comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems (December 4, 2011)
Headquarters of the Government and Ruling Parties for Social Security Reform, December 5, 2011 (Highlights)

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In the policy speech to the Diet I delivered at the end of October, I set forth "compil[ing] a final draft as soon as possible of the third supplementary budget and its relevant legislation and mov[ing] to implement such legislation" as the greatest tasks for the extraordinary Diet session.  My most fervent request was for the government and the ruling parties and the parliamentary groups within each party to take on "the resolve of the Diet" as a collaborative undertaking.

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At the Air Review of Japan Air Self-Defense Force on October 16, 2011

"There is one episode which I shall never forget. A six-year-old boy had gone missing due to the tsunami, and his mother asked members of the SDF to "Please, please search for my son by any means possible." They desperately searched for the child in the mud where the family's house had stood, but they could not find him. However, they did find an Ultraman figurine, the six-year-old boy's most prized possession. I have heard that when they handed this figurine to the mother, she left the scene thanking them countless times as she wiped the mud from it again and again. I believe that it is actions like these that have communicated the sincerity of the SDF to the disaster victims and to the public as a whole."

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2011 Air Review of Japan Air Self-Defense Force on October 16, 2011 (Highlights)

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From the October 17 and 18, 2011 radio broadcast of "Information on Policies, Broadcast from the Prime Minister's Office"

"I consider Japan's foremost weapon to be our human resources―in particular, an environment in which children will thrive unconstrained.  I feel that education is the biggest investment in the future, so I will be tackling this issue very thoroughly."

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Government Public Relations Online:  "Information on Policies, Broadcast from the Prime Minister's Office"

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The Noda administration is about to finish its third month in office.

On November 21st, the Diet enacted the third supplementary budget, the total scale of which is 12 trillion yen, and on the 30th, the day before yesterday, it passed the Bill on Special Measures for Securing Financial Resources Necessary for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the legal backing for the budget.  Through these steps, I believe that we will be able to dramatically accelerate efforts towards the Noda Administration's top priority agenda items, namely recovery and reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake, bringing the nuclear accident under stable control at an early time, and reviving the Japanese economy.

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September 23, 2011, Address by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

"I have been deeply moved by the strong feelings of compassion shown by people the world over toward Japan. The world expressed friendship and solidarity as well as praise for the Japanese people immediately after the earthquake. On behalf of the people of Japan, I express my heartfelt gratitude for the helping hands extended from all over the world. These bonds between Japan and the international community will be forever remembered by the Japanese."

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Address by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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