December 17th. On the 16th local time, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga explained that he had only wanted to say hello and left for a group dinner on the evening of the 14th, but in the end he stayed for about 40 minutes for a chat. God, he deeply reflected on this.
According to a report from Japan’s Asahi Shimbun on the 17th, Yoshihide Suga made the above defense while participating in a Japanese TV news program on the 16th.
He also explained the sudden suspension of the national tourism support project “Go To Travel”, saying that he too This decision was made after a long period of hesitation based on the advice of experts. He also stated that he would not ask Abe to explain to the parliament regarding the “cherry blossom viewing” scandal involving former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
In recent days, the Japanese new crown pneumonia epidemic has continued to rebound, and the Yoshihide Suga government’s anti-epidemic policy has also been questioned.
His participation in a multi-person dinner at this time once again caused controversy on the Japanese Internet. One netizen said, “What do you mean by letting people work remotely while talking about work while eating.” Another netizen expressed dissatisfaction with Yoshihide Suga’s defense. “I don’t think he is introspection. , Not even saying an apology”.
According to Japanese media reports earlier, Yoshihide Suga announced the suspension of “Go To Travel” at the Japanese government’s COVID-19 infection countermeasures meeting on the 14th. At the same time, he called for maximum epidemic prevention measures around the new year to minimize year-end dinners and cross-regional movement.
After the meeting, Yoshihide Suga went to a steak restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo to participate in a dinner party. He was accompanied by Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, and well-known Japanese actors and political critics. There were 8 people in total, all of whom were all ages. Over 70 years old.