Statement by the Press Secretary/ Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Bomb Attack in Southern Afghanistan

August 26, 2009

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the bomb attack on August 25 (Tue) in Kandahar, a city in southern Afghanistan, which caused over 100 casualties and damaged an office of a Japanese company in the area. 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 attack and to the families of the victims. It also expresses its heartfelt sympathy toward the injured and prays for their earliest recovery.
  3. To prevent Afghanistan from stepping back to a hotbed for terrorism, Japan has been actively supporting efforts to stabilize the country by addressing such various fields as political process, security, and reconstruction assistance. Japan is committed to continue providing assistance for Afghanistan in order to encourage Afghanistan’s mid-to-long term self-reliance.