What about you, what are your hopes?


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"What are your hopes for the new prime minister's term - Prime Minister Suga?"


August 28, 2020 - shocking news spread all over Japan. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation as Prime Minister due to poor health. 

During his term, he faced all issues may it be political, health, economic, or social. He solved them in a way he thought was best for the people.

The pandemic was one of his biggest challenges as people questioned how he handled the problem and described it as an ineffective approach. 

With all the hard work, his health surrendered bit by bit. Thus, he decided to step down from his position and wait for the new prime minister to take over.


September 09, 2020 - The former chief cabinet secretary of Prime Minister Abe - Yoshihide Suga became the 99th Japanese Prime Minister. And he is also the first prime minister in the Reiwa Era.


This news brought much wonder to many residents in Japan. 


Concerning that, one of my students chose her news about the newly elected prime minister. I was reluctant to talk deeply regarding politics since I know that most of them are not as interested in politics as I am. Why? Maybe they are not involved in voting on whom they want to serve the country.


I am amazed by her bravery on this topic.


I usually write three questions on the whiteboard, and my third question was: "What are your hopes for the new prime minister's term - Prime Minister Suga?"

There was silence for a while in the room, and she answered.

First, extensive reforms like in the Philippines. Second, the Japanese Prime Minister will be hard for criminals, and the third is less consumption tax.


I was shocked and in awe for the following reasons.

  1. I never assumed that many people noticed how our country (the Philippines) is trying to be a better nation with the help of our current President.
  2. Like our nation, regardless if you belong to a first, second, or third world country, everyone faces difficulties that need to be solved. NO COUNTRY is PERFECT.
  3. Lastly, despite the kind of government Japan has, residents hope that the newly elected prime minister and its members will be aware of the people's voices crying for change. 


As a foreigner working here, I am already grateful for my job, earn money earnestly, and live peacefully. 

However, the answers my student gave me were an eye-opener for me to hope. And I have two things I hope for as a resident here. 

  • I hope the taxes decrease, considering the pandemic we are all in.
  • There will be various options for foreigners to stay longer and get permanent visas.



I have my beliefs and principles that nothing is impossible if we work and serve diligently for our goals. It may take time, but how you get there and what you learn along the way matters.


My student and I have shared our hopes. What about you? What are your hopes for your government?





Credit on the photo: Our student- M.K.