The Sunday editions of all national dailies reported on Prime Minister Suga’s first address to the UN General Assembly via a prerecorded video statement. The papers wrote that in his debut appearance at an international forum, Suga called for solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus and pledged to promote the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific as the foundation of peace and prosperity in the region. He also pledged to resolve the issue of North Korea’s abductions of Japanese nationals by saying he is prepared to meet with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un without any conditions. In addition, Suga said Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympics next summer as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.
Yomiuri and Mainichi wrote that Suga played it safe by simply explaining Japan’s foreign policy agenda, noting that although Tomohiko Taniguchi, a foreign policy advisor to former Prime Minister Abe, had helped put Abe in the spotlight in the international arena by writing eloquent English speeches for him, Suga’s speech to the UN was prepared by MOFA bureaucrats.