politics

Suga calls for world solidarity in curbing virus in 1st U.N. address

23 Comments

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© KYODO

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.

23 Comments
Login to comment

I guess having a Japanese PM who can speak English is just a bridge too far...

0 ( +9 / -9 )

"In the summer of next year, Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic," he said.

Holding the Olympics won’t be proof that humanity has defeated the virus.

However, by not holding the Olympics will decrease contact between people thereby decreasing its spread-much more logical...

7 ( +11 / -4 )

"In the summer of next year, Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic," he said.

p.s and we need to recoup our losses!

We spent millions of dollars bribing the IOC we need to see a return!

8 ( +13 / -5 )

"In the summer of next year, Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic," he said.

Cart before the horse. Let's defeat the C19 pandemic then do the Olympics to celebrate.

expatToday  04:10 pm JST

I guess having a Japanese PM who can speak English is just a bridge too far...

Koizumi and Abe gave addresses in English when overseas. Expecting every single PM to be able to that is a bridge too far.

2 ( +8 / -6 )

While you're at it Suga, don't forget to INCLUDE Taiwan in the process!

10 ( +11 / -1 )

He’s right. One of the major reasons this is going to be with us for a long time is the lack of any kind of international consensus on what needs to be done.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

I guess having a Japanese PM who can speak English is just a bridge too far...

Motegi can speak English, but it just wasn't his turn to be Prime Minister.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Kono is fluent in English as well. Georgetown grad I believe.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Good on thee little wee man. Wish I could vote for him after the Olympics...

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

I never care about a good speaker in English to do a statement in ONU. The important concept that only in Japanese is clear and the Japanese people understand the nuance of real meaning in the language. Just a little worry Japanese language is well interpreted by the translators the subtitle written under the image. Some problems happened with former PM Koizumi. The former Abe was made in English where he did in English, but it it was too much interpreted to westerners understand and not to all Japanese understand in Japanese subtitle, he wasn't that way in domestic Japanese statement. Things I felt tricky his way. Suga better going state in Japanese, natural to everyone in Japan.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Solidarity against division and isolation?? Like locking out your tax-paying visa-holding foreign residents.?

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Step one: Transparency on actual number of cases. Step 2: Focus on something worthwhile like climate change, or not, its your choice. Just do absolutely nothing like the last x number of Prime mInisters since America told you how to run a country after Ww2.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The important concept that only in Japanese is clear and the Japanese people understand the nuance of real meaning in the language.

Ishii-san, since when has the Land of Rising Ambiguity laid claim to clarity? Also, just because the Japanese are nodding does not mean that they understand--even in Japanese. I can't tell you how often I have been told that something is too difficult to explain or told that they don't know most especially when things get nuanced.

And yes, I am well aware "too difficult" also means "I don't wish to" or "I am too lazy to bother telling or giving you informing I don't want you to have". Tricky as you point out l. Right you are, Ishii. However such attempts at trickery are often clumsily transparent. Don't assume that every non-Japanese has no idea.

Still, without equal proficiency in the language there's no way to offer a comeback or counter argument. It's like playing tennis flat-footed. No question. You lose. Obfuscation = acquiescence which in Japanese is as good as a "yes." But be aware: Compliance from non-Japanese can also mean a singular digit held in your face.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

A monotonous robot.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Really strong words from PM Suga. He has continued on where PM Abe left off. Hopefully PM Suga will soon be famous and popular all around the world like Abe-san was.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Suga, a sophisticated old wisdom, is more representative of real Japan than Abe is. Japan doesn't exist without neighbors, that is the simple truth.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Well, philly1, grand verbal contortions are mouthed by plenty of people of many languages at the UN, in press conferences, speeches and TV interviews. None of it really matters anyway. It's all noise.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Thomas Goodtime:

A monotonous robot

A "monotonous"? Yes, but "robot"? I doubt it though it remains to be seen. Creating a new digital agency, for example, is something new that came from his long time wish list for change.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Without actionable plan, its just lip service

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Even with supply chain disruptions and other cross-border restrictions caused by the virus pandemic, Suga underscored the significance of multilateralism and free trade, and vowed to promote World Trade Organization reform and free trade agreements with other countries.

Damn. And just when I was really starting to like Suga too. I mean there’s still some good things that he has to offer, but I am not a fan of this, I can tell you that much.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Even with supply chain disruptions and other cross-border restrictions caused by the virus pandemic, Suga underscored the significance of multilateralism and free trade, and vowed to promote World Trade Organization reform and free trade agreements with other countries

Meanwhile contrary to what PM Suga is saying, Japan Post is only increasing on its already large list of countries packages are not accepted for postage citing the virus when demand for cargo is at an all time high. At all their livelihood doesn't depend on the packages they ship afterall Kuroda can always print to bail them out if need be.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@kurisupisu

by not holding the Olympics will decrease contact between people thereby decreasing its spread-much more logical...

absolutely, wish Japan had canceled this farce. Flexibility is never a fortei of Japan

1 ( +1 / -0 )

He should talk to Donald Trump in phone rather than in UN !

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites