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Japanese PM outlines 2012 priorities

01-05-2012 13:51 BJT

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda says the country must overcome its hurdles one at a time as the country returned to work after New Year.

His message follows Cabinet approval at the end of last month for a draft budget to cover the massive costs for disaster reconstruction and decontamination efforts around the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant at Fukushima.

Plenty of issues to overcome, but the fundamental position is to climb each mountain one by one.

That is what Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has promised to do to make it a good year.

The March earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last year, scarring the country.

Japan is headed to record-high budget spending of 1.2 trillion US dollars, as the nation tackles the costs of recovery from the world's most expensive ever natural disaster.

Noda said he would raise the country's sales tax rate again, although the move is certain to meet resistance from some members of his Democratic Party as well as its opposition.

Noda said, "I believe that we have the same understanding that this issue cannot be postponed any longer. We will debate the matter and work on the outline together to create a bill that would hopefully be introduced by the end of this year."

The continuing concern over the crippled nuclear power plant is another major problem that needs to be tackled. Noda said the Japanese authorities would work to decontaminate the region from radioactive fallout around Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. He also promised to ensure compensation and health checks for those affected by the disaster.

Noda said, "The problem of the nuclear power plant in Fukushima is not only a concern for the residents of Fukushima but to all nations and people around the world. It is fundamental that we provide clear and correct information to the public."

On diplomatic issues, Noda also mentioned about its government's policy towards the the Korean peninsula. He said Japan will continue along the lines of what it decided last year to do. In the new year ahead, Japan will gather more information, coordinate closely with the various nations involved, and prepare for all possibilities.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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