Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on a series of suicide car bomb attacks in Karbala, Iraq

January 21, 2011

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at a series of suicide car bomb attacks targeted Shiite Muslim pilgrims in Karbala, Iraq, on January 20th, which caused many casualties. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those who have been killed by the attacks and to their families.

  2. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of these atrocious acts of terrorism that indiscriminately target innocent people.

  3. Japan hopes and expects that Iraqi new government and people will overcome ethnic and religious differences and make efforts for stabilizing the security situation and reconstructing its economy, while promoting national reconciliation. Japan will continue to extend its proactive support for such efforts by the Iraqi people.