Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has started his first full day in office Thursday. “I’m determined to work hard for the people and get results so we can live up to their expectations,” Suga told reporters. He pledged to speed up Japan’s lagging digital transformation and appointed a special minister to promote digitalization in education, healthcare and businesses. He has also campaigned to lower cellphone fees and said he will seek further cost reductions. “He would dig into things that many people think are not right and need to be changed,” some observators noticed. Abe’s government had been criticized for not listening to the concerns of citizens. Suga instead said he will break down bureaucratic barriers and eliminate vested interests standing in the way of reforms, while listening to the voices of the ordinary people to fix the problems that don’t serve their interests.
Administrative Reforms Minister Taro Kono said he will immediately launch a hotline for people to report problems. Suga, Abe’s longtime chief cabinet secretary, is largely expected to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps when it comes to foreign policy. The White House said in a statement that Trump “looks forward to working with Prime Minister Suga to make [relations] even stronger.”