Abe Calls on Govt Newcomers to Push Forward for New Era

Politics

Tokyo, April 3 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on new central government employees on Wednesday to make the utmost effort to serve Japan into the forthcoming change of era in the country to Reiwa on May 1 from the current Heisei.

"All of you are taking a new step as administrative officials in a milestone year when Japan enters a new era," Abe said at the beginning of a three-day joint seminar in Tokyo attended by some 780 new career-track government employees involved in policy planning.

"I want all of you to push forward vigorously with your respective duties, with the recognition that your generation will initiate a new era," he said.

The new government workers started their careers at a time when public trust in central government workers has been shaken by a series of scandals, including statistics irregularities found at the labor ministry.

In a speech, a representative of the newly hired government workers said, "We will work on policy administration, boldly at times, after thorough consideration, as we became national civil servants in a milestone year."

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