New Year’s Press Conference by Prime Minister
“Standing on the pitcher’s mound with the bases loaded and no outs, I have thrown with all my might the pitches that I have faith in,” said Prime Minister Abe Shinzo looking back on 2013 at Ise-jingu Shrine, Mie Prefecture.
PM said, “Through my “three arrows” of economic revival, I have transformed the Japanese economy from negative growth to positive growth. The ratio of job offers to job seekers has recovered to 1.0 for the first time in six years. While there are unemployed people now looking for work, their numbers are now matched by the number of available jobs and job offers. Business confidence among small- and medium-sized enterprises is also now changing for the better. At the end of 2013, business sentiment turned positive among manufacturers for the first time in six years, while for non-manufacturers it turned positive for the first time in an astounding 21 years and 10 months.”
“Again this year Japan, acting in coordination with the international community, will play an even more proactive role for world peace and stability than in the past. We must build an age which is free from the sufferings caused by the devastation of war. I believe Japan must be a country which joins hands with friends in Asia and friends around the world to realize the peace of the entire world. As we begin this new year, I have renewed my determination in this regard.”