FILE PHOTO: Taro Kono, the head of Japan’s vaccination program and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lawmaker, attends a news conference as he announces his candidacy for the party’s presidential election in Tokyo, Japan September 10, 2021 declare. REUTERS/Issei Kato
September 16, 2021
TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Vaccine Minister Taro Kono, a contender to replace Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday that any new economic stimulus measures should prioritize spending on renewable energy and the expansion of 5G networks across the country.
In a group interview, Kono also said that it was difficult to suddenly change monetary policy, given that the coronavirus pandemic is putting pressure on the economy.
Kono is running to replace Suga, who is stepping down as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The winner is assured to be prime minister because of the party’s majority in the lower house of parliament.
(Reporting by Yoshifumi Takemoto; Writing by Leika Kihara; Editing by William Mallard)