Kishida's ministers lay out priorities

Members of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio's Cabinet have begun their first full day on the job laying out their priorities for their weeks and months ahead.

Many are new to their posts -- including the ministers handling Japan's coronavirus response.

Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Goto Shigeyuki said, "Resolutely tackling the coronavirus is the most urgent task to protect people's health and their daily life."

Horiuchi Noriko, minister in charge of vaccine rollout, said, "I will work to promote double vaccination for anyone who wants to get them, so we can reach as many people as possible."

Kishida also created a brand-new post tasked with protecting Japan's economic security.
Kobayashi Takayuki, minister in charge of economic security, said, "Japan is facing a very severe situation both at home and abroad. Under such circumstances, we will protect people's lives from an economic perspective."

More ministers also made statements on Tuesday pledging their commitment.