June 30, 2012, in the Prime Minister's address delivered at the Yomiuri International Economic Society (YIES) Symposium
"Whether it be comprehensive reform [of social security and taxation systems], revitalization of the Japanese economy, administrative reform, or political reform, it is not a question of 'which of these to tackle first.' We need to tackle any and all of these right now. 'There are things we should do before we raise the consumption tax' - I think such words resonate extremely well with the public. We have reached the present day by continually saying just that, have we not? Here and now we must achieve politics that tackles national crises head-on. I believe that there is a demand in Japan not for politics that runs from national crises and not for 'things we should do before we raise the consumption tax,' but rather for reform that, here and now, carries through on any and all things, in addition to these matters I have mentioned."