The following is the gist of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s remarks made on Sept. 8 in Vientiane, Laos:
There have been discussions this year about allowing female members of the imperial family to create family branches, but I take the Emperor’s latest remarks made to the public very seriously. Since many people have expressed the view that the government should address the matter, we need to deliberate on what can be done. We would like to proceed from now on with discussions on the matter without preconceived notions in a calm manner while listening to opinions from various people, particularly experts on this subject.
North Korean missile issue
Economic sanctions are not a quick fix, but they can make some changes in the country on which the sanctions are imposed. It is necessary for the international community to strictly implement the sanctions in a coordinated manner. We need to make North Korea realize that if it continues conducting nuclear tests and firing ballistic missiles, it will be isolated from the international community, making it impossible to clear the way toward the future .
We would like to actively deepen our discussions on this matter starting with the extraordinary Diet session this fall. In order to realize the policy of equal pay for equal work, we will establish guidelines on what level of pay differential is unfair. We will also revise relevant laws as often as needed.
Extension of LDP president’s term
As the president of the Liberal Democratic Party, I had better not comment on the matter. Dissolving the House of Representatives, which is the prime minister’s prerogative , is one thing, and extending the LDP president’s term is another.