Japan-Israel Relations

October 12, 2023

On October 12th, commencing at 10:25 p.m. local time (0:25 a.m. on October 13rd Japan Time) for approximately 15 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Thailand, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Eli COHEN, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel, to discuss the situation surrounding Palestine and Israel. The overview is as follows:

  1. Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan unequivocally condemns the recent terror attack by Hamas and other Palestinian militants, especially the attacks to, and kidnappings of, innocent civilians, which cannot be justified on any grounds.
  2. Furthermore, Minister Kamikawa stated that the brutal, indiscriminate attacks of this time cannot be justified and it is obvious that Israel has a right to defend itself and its people in accordance with international law. Minister Kamikawa then expressed Japan’s hope that the situation will be calmed down as soon as possible. In addition, Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan would like to ask for support from Israel to secure the safety of Japanese nationals.
  3. Minister Cohen explained Israel’s position and its response in the wake of the attack. He also stated that Israel is ready to provide support needed by Japanese nationals for their safety.
  4. The two ministers concurred to continue working together toward stabilization of the region.

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