"Who the next LDP chief should be is not for me to comment. It's up to the party.
#Abeshinzon "It's up to the people or up to history to make that judgement. Initially I focused on revitalizing Tohoku after its devastation in the great earthquake. On the economic front, 4 million jobs have been created."
Abe "whether it is 'sufficient' or not is up to the public
Abe "Seiwa-ka faction. There will be discussions within that group. However, I am about to be the ex PM."
Abe "My focus is to get my health condition under control and continue to serve as a MP."
Reporter "What do you think are the qualities needed for PM?" Abe "Must have a vision, responsibility"
Abe "COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China. Initially we got people evacuate there and then the cruise ship crisis came. We did the best we can at each stage."
Abe "Managing one's health is part of the responsibilities that come with the office. Fighting COVID-19, the novel virus, was challenging."
Abe "Within in our party, we identified 4 core points. However, there is not enough public support that I have to acknowledge."
Reporter "Previously you faced criticism for quitting."
Abe "I am leaving office before the term is up so I must accept such criticism. However, I have thought carefully about the timing. "
Reporter "Regional revitalization has been one of the core issues." Abe "I agree that no 'paradigm shift' has been achieved. Tokyo keeps growing."
Abe "COVID-19 might be an opportunity for regional revitalization." Reporter "You mentioned Obama's visit to Hiroshima as one of your legacies. You have also met with survivors of Hiroshima and war."
Abe "In Information Technology, many challenges have been identified in the COVID crisis. For one, each ministry has a different system. Protection of private info
Abe "How long will it take for the new LDP president to be chosen? My health condition will hold up for the time being. There should be a debate based on policy issues. It is not for me to discuss the specifics right now."
Abe "It is not our administration, but it has been a standard practice to accept questions first from the news organizations in charge." "Some questions are anticipated."
Abe "Using one's influence for private gain is never acceptable. If anything created misunderstanding, I have to own up to it, but i have never used my office to benefit myself