Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Terrorist Bombing in Jerusalem

August 9, 2001

  1. The Government of Japan is shocked with the terrorist bombing in Jerusalem on August 9, which caused many fatalities and injuries among innocent civilians and which was reportedly perpetrated by the Palestine Islamic Jihad. Japan expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved families and heartfelt sympathy to the injured.

  2. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. We feel indignation at such an act of terrorism aimed at innocent civilians and resolutely condemn it.

  3. Japan urges the Palestinian Authority to exert the utmost efforts to prevent recurrence of terrorist attacks. Japan also urges all the parties concerned to exert self-restraint in order to prevent further deterioration of the situation.
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