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October 29, 2012, in the Prime Minister's Policy Speech to the 181st Session of the Diet

Continue reading "To citizens of our nation in years to come, who will live on into an everlasting future" »

October 29, 2012, in the Prime Minister's Policy Speech to the 181st Session of the Diet

Continue reading "No true solutions lie beyond arguments taken to extremes" »

October 29, 2012, in the Prime Minister's Policy Speech to the 181st Session of the Diet

Continue reading "The launching point of "politics that makes decisions"" »

October 15, 2012, during Prime Minister Noda's opening speech to the Asahi World Environmental Forum 2012

Continue reading "Making mottai nai a major driving force" »

October 15, 2012, during Prime Minister Noda's opening speech to the Asahi World Environmental Forum 2012

Continue reading "Solving complex and challenging "multifactor simultaneous equations"" »

October 18, 2012, in Prime Minister Noda's message upon winning a special award for "'Ikumen'* of the Year 2012"

* "Ikumen" refers to fathers who actively participate in raising their children. The word is derived from the Japanese word "iku," to raise children, and the English word "men."

Continue reading "Becoming a model "ikujii"" »

October 12, 2012, during Prime Minister Noda's remarks to the reception for the 2012 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

Continue reading "Things that are unchanged from half a century ago" »

October 5, 2012, during the ceremony to present commemorative gifts to members of the Japanese National Team of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Continue reading "An unbreakable spirit" »

September 26, 2012 in the Prime Minister's Address to the Sixty-Seventh Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Continue reading "The perspective of looking down at the entire earth" »

September 26, 2012 in the Prime Minister's Address to the Sixty-Seventh Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Continue reading "Settling disputes reasonably under rules" »

September 13, 2012, at the 31st Memorial Service for Firefighters Who Lost Their Lives on Duty

Continue reading "Strong pride and sense of mission and deep compassion for others" »

September 26, 2012 in the Prime Minister's Address to the Sixty-Seventh Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Continue reading "The power to think about the benefits for future generations" »

September 18, 2012, at the Establishment of the New Child-Rearing Support System and the Gathering of the Relevant Parties Thereof

Continue reading "Social security also exists to help young people" »

September 1, 2012, at the Disaster Prevention Day Drills for FY2012

Continue reading ""Beyond our assumptions" will be unacceptable" »

September 11, 2012 in the Prime Minister's Address to the 47th Meeting of the Ministry of Defense and Self-Defense Force Senior Personnel

Continue reading "Acting in Cooperation with Subordinates in a Spirit of Appreciation and Trust" »

September 7, 2012 at Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "Ensuring that politics that makes decisions becomes the everyday norm for Japanese politics" »

September 11, 2012 in the Prime Minister's Address to the 47th Meeting of the Ministry of Defense and Self-Defense Force Senior Personnel

Continue reading ""Guardian spirits" of the nation" »

August 24, 2012 at the Budget Committee of the House of Councillors, in response to a question from Councillor Hiroe Makiyama

Continue reading "Extending the benefits brought by peace" »

August 20, 2012 at the Ceremony to Present the Certificate of Honor to the Members of the Japanese National Team of the London 2012 Games of the XXX Olympiad

Continue reading ""World-champion level of fair play," "the strength of your bonds," and "your spirit of never giving up"" »

August 24, 2012 at Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "Based on the principles of law and justice" »

August 20, 2012 at the Ceremony to Present the Certificate of Honor to the Members of the Japanese National Team of the London 2012 Games of the XXX Olympiad

Continue reading "Silver is better than gold; bronze is the same as gold" »

August 1, 2012, at a meeting of the Council for Gender Equality

Continue reading "Working to create a world in which women's active participation is entirely natural" »

July 31, 2012 at the House of Councillors Special Committee on the Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Taxation Systems, in response to a question from Councillor Kyoko Nakayama

Continue reading "A value that cannot be expressed in numbers" »

August 6, 2012, Address by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Continue reading "To pass on the memories to future generations" »

August 10, 2012 at Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "The reason I put my political career on the line" »

July 22, 2012, during Prime Minister Noda's address (delivered at Waseda University)

Continue reading "My cherished motto" »

July 30, 2012 at the Parliament of Children

Continue reading "To you who will shoulder the responsibilities of the era to come" »

July 22, 2012, during Prime Minister Noda's address (delivered at Waseda University)

Continue reading "One step forward as a "political reformer"" »

July 23, 2012 at the send-off event for the Japanese National Team of the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Continue reading "Dreams and courage and inspiration" »

July 11, 2012, in response to a question from Councillor Junichi Ishii during the Plenary Session of the House of Councillors

Continue reading ""Idealism without illusion"" »

July 8, 2012, Remarks by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan

Continue reading "The sense of being connected to someone in the world" »

July 7, 2012, during the Prime Minister's visit to Fukushima Prefecture

Continue reading "One kind of proof of revival" »

July 16, 2012, on the Fuji Television Network's FNN Super News

Continue reading "You are not on your own" »

June 30, 2012, in the Prime Minister's address delivered at the Yomiuri International Economic Society (YIES) Symposium

Continue reading "Reform that carries through on any and all things" »

June 23, 2012, in the Prime Minister's address to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters

Continue reading "Serving as 'guardian angels' of the 'churaumi' (beautiful ocean)" »

July 3, 2012, Opening Remarks by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the World Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction in Tohoku

Continue reading "In order to reciprocate to the support and encouragement we received" »

June 30, 2012, in an address delivered at the Yomiuri International Economic Society (YIES) Symposium

Continue reading "A country that sets out a conclusion and takes steps forward" »

June 12, 2012 at the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) Debriefing Session

Continue reading "Regarding people who have made contributions around the world" »

June 4, 2012, Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "Politics aiming to make decisions and implement policy" »

June 12, 2012 at the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) Debriefing Session

Continue reading "The will to leave for other countries full of ambition" »

January 24, 2012, in the Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Sessions of the Diet

Continue reading "Women holding the greatest potential to move Japan forward" »

May 24, 2012, Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on the Occasion of the 18th International Conference on the Future of Asia

Continue reading "Japan as a Looking Glass into the Future of Asia" »

May 26, 2012, at the joint press conference following the Pacific Islands Leaders' Meeting (PALM)

Continue reading "Avoiding introversion" »

May 23, 2012 at the House of Representatives Special Committee on the Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Taxation Systems, in response to a question from Representative Michiyo Takagi

Continue reading "Carefully nurturing young shoots" »

May 26, 2012, at the joint press conference following the Pacific Islands Leaders' Meeting (PALM)

Continue reading "Invaluable friends" »

May 17, 2012, on the NHK television show "News Watch 9"

Continue reading "Becoming a springboard for a vibrant Japan" »

May 11, 2012 during the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives, in response to a question from Representative Shinichiro Furumoto

Continue reading "Restoring a warm society" »

May 15, 2012, Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on the occasion of the commemoration ceremony for the 40th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan

Continue reading "Our thoughts on the future of Okinawa" »

May 10, 2012, in response to a question from Representative Hiroshi Hase during the Plenary Session of the House of Representatives

Continue reading "The cultivation of human resources as the bedrock of nation building" »

April 28, 2012, at the May Day Central Rally

Continue reading "Step by step, day by day, one by one" »

April 30, 2012, at the Japan-U.S. Joint Press Conference

Continue reading "An unshakeable alliance" »

April 23, 2012, on the TBS Television show News 23 Cross

Continue reading "The political landscape will change" »

April 30, 2012, at the reception hosted by Ms. Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State

Continue reading "Making flowers bloom a hundred years into the future" »

April 23, 2012, on the TBS television show News 23 Cross
(In response to a question from a young person in the studio who asked, "Why don't you try to project a 'cooler' image?")

Continue reading "The starting points enabling me to become a politician" »

April 17, 2012, at Reception to Express Respect to Ms. Sadako Ogata on her Contributions to Japan and the International Community

Continue reading "Because there was a Japanese person who worked hard for the world" »

April 17, 2012, at the Opening Session of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit

Continue reading "The power of tourism" »

April 4, 2012 on NHK's Close Up Gendai television show

Continue reading "The true worth of politics" »

April 6, 2012, in the Prime Minister’s address on the occasion of joint training for new national civil servants

Continue reading "The desire to commit oneself to the people " »

March 30, 2012, Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "In order to create a society that possesses conviction " »

April 6, 2012, in the Prime Minister’s address to new civil servants

Continue reading "Turning the aspirations you now hold into major ambitions" »

March 27, 2012 at Seoul Nuclear Security Summit

Continue reading "Our duty to past disastrous events" »

March 19, 2012 at a meeting of the Employment Strategy Dialogue

Continue reading "Through your ardent passion" »

March 18, 2012, in the Prime Minister’s Address at the 2012 National Defense Academy Graduation Ceremony

Continue reading "The Self-Defense Forces, “together with the Japanese people” " »

March 24, 2012, in the speech delivered by Prime Minister Noda at the “First Gathering with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda,” hosted by Japan Akademeia

Continue reading "Making the morning glories produce lovely flowers" »

March 11, 2012, Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "The sense of solidarity and togetherness among the people of Japan" »

March 11, 2012, Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "Our historic mission " »

March 5, 2012, in the entrance hall of the Prime Minister’s Office, while looking at the exhibit panels of the Watakushi no Fukkou Dayori (“My Reconstruction News”) collection

Continue reading "Children’s smiling faces bring the greatest sense of relief" »

March 11, 2012, Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshiniko Noda

Continue reading "Taking an active role" »

February 25, 2012, during the courtesy call by high school students orphaned by the tsunami and the Japan Women's Tohoku Youth Football Team

Continue reading "Most certainly not alone" »

From the February 28 and 29, 2012 radio broadcast of “Information on Policies, Broadcast from the Prime Minister’s Office”

Continue reading "My starting point" »

February 17, 2012, Video Message from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on the Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Taxation Systems

Continue reading "Resolutely inheriting the system of mutual support" »

February 17, 2012 at the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives in response to a question from Representative Daizo Kusuda

Continue reading "Creating a world in which people are able to feel at ease enjoying the flowers of the various seasons" »

February 4, 2012, in his keynote speech at the Keio University symposium on “The Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Taxation Systems”

Continue reading "Politics that carefully considers the future" »

February 10, 2012, Press Conference by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

Continue reading "Pouring aspiration into the Agency" »

February 4, 2012, in his keynote speech at the Keio University symposium on "The Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Taxation Systems"

Continue reading "Where is your competition?" »

February 1, 2012 at the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives, in response to a question from Representative Yoshito Sengoku

Continue reading "To help people have grander dreams" »

January 24, 2012, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Session of the Diet

Continue reading "Both Asia and the Pacific Ocean region" »

January 24, 2012, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Session of the Diet

Continue reading "The first step to restoring hope" »

January 24, 2012, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Session of the Diet

Continue reading "A shout-out that has been heard across the country" »

January 7, 2012, Address by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the Ceremony for the Presentation of the Unit Flag to the International Peace Cooperation Corps to the Republic of South Sudan

Continue reading "Always remember the "pride"" »

January 24, 2012, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Session of the Diet

Continue reading "Politics that makes decisions" »

December 27, 2011, at an event related to the India-Japan Global Partnership Summit (a meeting of key government and business leaders in Delhi, India)

Continue reading "Within this large head" »

January 24, 2012, Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 180th Session of the Diet

Continue reading "Long sash of history" »

Nippon Keidanren Board of Councillors Meeting, December 22, 2011

Continue reading "Before talking about what I would like to do" »

January 6, 2012, Headquarters of the Government and Ruling Parties for Social Security Reforma

Continue reading "Addressing reform in an integrated manner" »

From the January 2 and 3, 2012 radio broadcast of "Information on Policies, Broadcast from the Prime Minister's Office"

Continue reading "A year of starting lines" »

Speech at a Waseda University political club event on December 7, 2011

Continue reading "The nation in which you can best feel the breathing of the earth" »

September 14, 2011 "Japan Night" at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions (the "Summer Davos") in Dalian, China

Continue reading "Just like the sakura trees that have been through a thousand years" »

December 4, 2011 dialogue with Ms. Keiko Kojima on the comprehensive reform of social security and taxation systems

Continue reading "Spending time with family" »

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

Continue reading "Providing warmth to both mind and body to fight the harsh cold" »

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

Continue reading "Transcending generations" »

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

Continue reading "New frontiers" »

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?"

Related link
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)

(website linked from this post are provided in Japanese only)

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."

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

(website linked from this post are provided in Japanese only)

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."

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

(website linked from this post are provided in Japanese only)

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."

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

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."

Related link
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."

Related link
Live feed of deliberations, House of Councillors Internet TV
(website linked from this post are provided in Japanese only)

The Pride of Japan

Prime Minister NODA's KEYWORDS November 24 (Thursday) 14:00

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."

Related link
Address by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at the 2011 Air Review of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force

Children First

Prime Minister NODA's KEYWORDS November 18 (Friday) 14:50

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."

Related link
House of Representatives Internet TV

Continue reading "Children First" »

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."

Related links
House of Representatives Internet TV
Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 179th Session of the Diet

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."

Related links:
Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 179th Session of the Diet
Noda's Blog, "'Preparedness and caliber' to create hope"

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."

Related link:
Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 178th Session of the Diet

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.'"

Related link:
Policy Speech by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to the 179th Session of the Diet

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