photo (Foreign Minister Koumura)

Statement by Mr. Masahiko Koumura, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Kidnapping Incident of a Japanese National in Iran

June 15, 2008

  1. I was informed by the Government of Iran in the early morning of June 15 (Japan time) that Mr. Satoshi Nakamura, who was kidnapped in Iran in last October, was released.  I extend my heartfelt congratulation to Mr. Nakamura, his family and all others concerned.
  2. On this occasion, the Government of Japan strongly condemns kidnapping as a contemptible criminal act.
  3. The Government of Japan has closely cooperated with the Government of Iran with a view to securing the safety of the victim and prompt settlement of the case.  I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all concerned in the Government of Iran for their strenuous efforts for the safe release of Mr. Nakamura.