The Japan News Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his regret Monday for not sufficiently addressing the latest allegations surrounding a national strategic special zone in which an educational institution was to establish a new department of veterinary science.
“I must honestly admit to inviting the people’s distrust in the government,” Abe said at a press conference on Monday following the end of the ordinary Diet session the previous day.
At the Diet session, opposition parties condemned the Abe administration, presenting leaked documents allegedly prepared by the education ministry to the effect that Okayama-based Kake Educational Institution’s new faculty was to be established in line with “the prime minister’s wishes.”
The government initially denied the existence of such documents, but later confirmed it. As a result, Abe admitted, the government’s explanation “flip-flopped.”
At the news conference, while criticizing the opposition for making arguments as if “manipulating impressions,” the prime minister apologized for the way he answered the questions at the Diet. “I deeply regret that my attitude to respond in a strong manner without thinking enough has resulted in causing excitement over subjects unrelated to policy debate.”
He then listed his administration’s main focus, such as counterterrorism in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, and economic growth.
On the terrorism front, Abe stressed the importance of the anti-terrorism law the Diet enacted Thursday, pointing out the terrorist attacks this month in Britain, France and Iran. “No time should be lost to strengthen anti-terrorism measures,” Abe said.Speech