Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Suicide Bomb Attack in Kirkuk, Iraq

December 12, 2008

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the suicide bomb attack on December 11(Thu) in Kirkuk in northern Iraq, which caused many casualties.  Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of these atrocious acts of terrorism that victimize many innocent people.
  2. Japan expresses its deepest sympathy for those who have been killed by this and other terrorist attacks, and its condolences to the families of the victims. It also expresses its heartfelt sympathy toward the injured and prays for their early recovery.  
  3. Japan expects Iraqi people mutually respect ethnic and religious groups and continue making efforts toward nation-building while promoting national reconciliation. Japan will proactively support such efforts of the Iraqi people.