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

April 24, 2009

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the suicide bomb attacks on April 23(Thu) in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, and Baquba in the north of Baghdad, 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 condolences for those who have been killed by this and other terrorist attacks, and to the families of the victims. It also expresses its heartfelt sympathy toward the injured and prays for their earliest 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 keep its proactive support towards such efforts of the Iraqi people.