TOKYO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Japanese former foreign minister Fumio Kishida, a key contender to become prime minister, said on Saturday he would work to distribute COVID-19 medications by year-end if elected.
Speaking in a televised debate with three other candidates to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Kishida also said he would focus on reducing socioeconomic gaps in a post-pandemic era.
The LDP leader becomes prime minister by virtue of the party’s majority in parliament’s lower house.
Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by William Mallard
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