Concerning the Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

April 15, 2012

  1. Following the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, at 8:00 am on Sunday, April 15, Japan time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a liaison office within the Ministry headed by Mr. Shigeo Matsutomi, Director-General, Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, and at 9:00 p.m. on that same day, a countermeasures office was set up, headed by Mr. Kenichiro Sasae, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.

  2. H.E. Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has instructed the officials to make their utmost efforts to gather information as well as to verify and ensure the safety of Japanese citizens.

  3. As of 10:15 p.m. Japan time, all Japanese citizens within the city of Kabul have been confirmed as safe, and no information has been received suggesting that a Japanese citizen has been harmed.

  4. The Embassy of Japan in Afghanistan has confirmed that there were four explosions caused by the firing of RPGs. The Embassy and Ambassador's residence did incur a certain amount of damage.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original version in Japanese.)