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Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday asked the public to trust his ability to steer the country through the increased spread of the coronavirus and modernize the nation with his recipe for “the next engine of growth” — carbon neutrality and digitalization — amid slipping support.

In his second policy speech to the Diet, Suga charted an expansive course of action aimed at curbing the deadly coronavirus, tackling long-standing domestic issues with an overarching theme of safety and hope, and asserting Japan’s diplomatic presence by shaping a post-pandemic international order.

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