Suga vows to curb virus, revitalize economy

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide has stressed his commitment to containing the spread of the coronavirus and revitalizing the economy in his New Year's message.

Suga says he will do all he can to prevent the further spread of infections and protect people in Japan.

He adds that his government will support investments that spur innovation, and promote agricultural reforms and tourism to bring vitality to local economies.

On foreign policy, Suga says he will pursue a free and open Indo-Pacific, with the Japan-US alliance as the cornerstone.

Suga vows that his government will push ahead with preparations to hold safe and secure Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer, which he says would symbolize the unity of the world. The 2020 Tokyo Games were postponed for one year due to the pandemic.