On September 24, 2008, I assumed the office of Prime Minister of the 92nd Cabinet of Japan. The grave responsibility of the premiership has fallen upon my shoulders, and I feel its weight keenly.
In particular, I have taken sternly to heart the fact that we are in the midst of a crisis encompassing the people's anxieties about the economy, as well as their daily lives and the future, and moreover, their dissatisfaction with politics that have failed to assuage these anxieties.
I believe my mission is nothing less than to revive Japan, making it once again a strong and bright nation. To rebuild the Japanese economy and to increase the prosperity of the people are issues of utmost urgency.
I will immediately take measures to revive business activity and to cope with rising prices. The Japanese economy needs three years for a full recovery; in three years, Japan must break out of its mold. I believe in the latent power of Japan. We are a hard-working people with technological prowess.
The Japanese economy has boldly met countless severe challenges, and each time it has emerged stronger. There is absolutely no reason to be pessimistic. I will devote myself to ensuring politics that do not shy away from the tasks at hand but instead carry them out responsibly.
I am determined to build a strong and bright nation -- a nation of which we, the people of Japan, can feel proud. Over the past year, I have toured 161 locations around the country in order to listen directly to what the people in the regions have to say.
This e-mail is not just to express my ideas; it also provides an opportunity to listen to your views, so that I can reflect them in the conduct of the affairs of state.