Japan-United Kingdom Relations
Condolences on the Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
(Statement by Prime Minister KISHIDA and Foreign Minister HAYASHI)
September 9, 2022
- On September 9, following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the same day (September 8, local time), Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, issued a letter of condolence to The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
- In the letter, Prime Minister KISHIDA stated he is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty, and extended his heartfelt condolences to the British Royal Family, the government and people of the United Kingdom as well as the Commonwealth on behalf of the Government and people of Japan. He also recognized that Her Majesty played a tremendous role working for global peace and prosperity during her 70-year-reign as the longest serving monarch in the history of the British Royal Family. He further touched upon the development of the Japan-United Kingdom bilateral ties supported by the traditional friendly relations between the Imperial Family and the British Royal Family, thanks to Her Majesty’s great contributions, including Her Majesty’s visit to Japan in 1975. He further explained that Japan’s thoughts are with the United Kingdom as the people overcome this deepest sadness.
- On the same day, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, issued a letter of condolence to the Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom.
- In the letter, Foreign Minister HAYASHI stated that he is deeply saddened to learn the loss of Her Majesty, right after the telephone meeting with Foreign Secretary Cleverly last night, and expressed his deepest condolences to the British Royal Family, the Government and people of the United Kingdom as well as the Commonwealth. Moreover, he mentioned that Her Majesty had formed robust relations with Japan over the years, including Her Majesty’s visit to Japan in 1975, which marked a great leap forward in the friendly relationship between Japan and the United Kingdom. He also expressed his deepest respect for Her Majesty’s unparalleled contribution to the development of the bilateral relations and to the peace and prosperity of the international community.