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The Future of Asia 2021

Suga vows to lead 'free and open digital space' in Indo-Pacific

Japanese PM also promises to aid equitable vaccine access at Nikkei forum

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga concludes the first day of Nikkei's Future of Asia Conference on May 20. (Photo by Kai Fujii) 

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Thursday that he wants to lead the formation of international standards for next-generation communications and build up Indo-Pacific digital infrastructure, trumpeting a broad and ambitious agenda for the post-COVID era.

In a speech at Nikkei's Future of Asia conference, held in Tokyo and online through Friday, Suga also reiterated hopes to expand the Trans-Pacific Partnership and vowed to step up efforts to provide fair access to vaccines.

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