Japan's new ministers lay out priorities

Japan's new prime minister Kishida Fumio's ministers have begun their first full day on the job, laying out their priorities for the weeks ahead.

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

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

Minister in charge of vaccine, Horiuchi Noriko 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.

Minister in charge of economic security Kobayashi Takayuki 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."

The new Reconstruction Minister will visit Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday. He is arranging to go to two other prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Nishime Kosaburo said, "I would like to visit the sites and listen to what people have to say. I will do my best to listen to everyone's voice to fulfill my role."

More ministers also made statements on Tuesday, pledging their commitment.