With a little over three months left in 2023, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's administration is turning its attention to a looming challenge: a lack of truck drivers.

Kishida has said that he plans to draft a set of policies to deal with the so-called 2024 problem — recent buzzwords for an expected shortage of truck drivers once their overtime hours are capped in 2024.

“The government compiled a (basic) policy package in June over the issue, and we need to implement it quickly,” Kishida told reporters Thursday after he visited a truck company in Tokyo early in the morning.