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

August 20, 2009

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the bombings on August 19 (Wed) in Baghdad, Iraq, which caused hundreds of casualties of civilians as well as Iraqi Government officials.  Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of these atrocious acts of terrorism that victimize innocent people.
  2. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those who have been killed by the 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.