Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Actions Taken by Security Forces against Demonstrators in Bangkok, the Kingdom of Thailand

May 19, 2010

  1. On May 19 (Wed), actions were taken by security forces of Thailand against the demonstrators occupying the central area of Bangkok, the capital city of the Kingdom of Thailand, The clash between the demonstrators and the security forces, has led to casualties. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about this situation.

  2. The Government of Japan is taking all possible measures to ensure the safety of the Japanese citizens living there through its embassy. Japan reiterates its request to the Government of Thailand to pay utmost consideration to the safety of the Japanese citizens.

  3. Japan hopes that the situation will be resolved as soon as possible and that order and stability will be restored. Japan also expects that due consideration will be paid to the safety of all the people, including foreigners.