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Kishida Actively Uses Informal Press Briefings

Kishida Actively Uses Informal Press Briefings

   Tokyo, Jan. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's first 100 days in office were marked by his active use of informal stand-up press briefings.
   Kishida has held 56 such press briefings until Tuesday, when he reached the 100th day in office. Through the opportunity, he apparently hopes to show the public his self-touted skills of listening to people and his government's swift measures against the novel coronavirus epidemic.
   For comparison, his immediate predecessor, Yoshihide Suga, held 32 informal stand-up briefings in his first 100 days. Suga often left soon after making his statements, without taking questions. This makes a stark contrast with Kishida's willingness to answer the media, sometimes seeking more questions.
   Kishida also uses various presentation methods during stand-up briefings. At a briefing in December, he displayed panels to call on the public to take infection prevention measures during the year-end and New Year holiday period.
   On Tuesday, Kishida spent about 16 minutes speaking to a group of reporters. He explained new coronavirus measures in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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