Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran Following the Presidential Election

July 6, 2009

  1. Japan is concerned about the developments arose after the presidential election in the Islamic Republic of Iran, including extensive restrictions on the media and the arrest and prosecution of some embassy local staff.
  2. The conflicting viewpoints following the presidential election are, basically, issues that should be addressed through the efforts of the Iranian Government and its citizens. However, in this process, Japan expects that the Iranian Government grants each opinion and view the appropriate amount of respect and pays due considerations to humanitarian aspects.
  3. Japan also strongly hopes that Iran moves towards a more open and stable relationship with the international community.