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24 September 2001

Text: Prime Minister Koizumi at Observance for Victims of Terrorism

(Japan firmly resolved to strive for eradication of terrorism) (510)
Following is the text of remarks made by Japanese Prime Minister
Junichiro Koizumi at an observance ceremony for victims of terrorism
in the United States held in Tokyo September 23:
(begin text)
Remarks by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
at Japanese Observance Ceremony 
for Victims of Terrorism in the United States
Tokyo, September 23, 2001
Many lives were lost as a result of the terrorist attacks on 11
September in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.
These terrorist attacks are a serious challenge not only to the United
States, but to the freedom, peace and democracy of the world.
Many people fell victim to these attacks. The damage was inflicted, of
course, on Americans, but also on people throughout the world,
including Japanese.
We must stand up with firm resolve to acts of terrorism, together with
other nations of the world.
At the same time, I would like to express my deep condolences for all
who were killed as a result of these acts of terrorism.
People around the world share sadness and pain, as well as strong
anger toward terrorism. I understand that in New York many Japanese
are working as volunteers, that some are participating in rescue
activities, that some are in line to donate blood, and furthermore,
that many people have made a donation.
Here in Japan too, many people have visited the Embassy of the United
States to present flowers. Efforts to collect contributions are also
underway, through various routes.
To express our feelings of condolences for those who selflessly gave
their lives to save others and to support rescue and relief efforts,
the Government of Japan has taken a decision to contribute $10 million
dollars.
The Government of Japan is firmly resolved to strive for the
eradication of terrorism. At the same time, as an ally, Japan strongly
supports the United States and is resolved to do its utmost in
offering assistance and cooperation.
I recently announced seven-point measures that will be taken to
respond to these acts of terrorism. The G8 issued a Statement by the
Heads of Government on their fight against terrorism.
There is an expression "A friend in need is a friend indeed." In the
fight against terrorism and in the effort to assist the victims, the
people of all nations of the world, including the United States, must
combine their efforts in cooperation. I am resolved to work hand in
hand with the nations of the world to build a peaceful international
community that is free of terrorism.
I, on behalf of the Japanese Government, would like to state that my
heart grieves for those who suffered and for their families and loved
ones. Furthermore, I vow that the Government will do whatever it can
to assist those who have suffered.
(end text)
(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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