Japan-Israel Relations

November 3, 2023
Foreign Minister Kamikawa shakes hand with H.E. Mr. Isaac HERZOG, President of the State of Israel
(Photo) Courtesy call on President Herzog of the State of Israel by Foreign Minister Kamikawa

On November 3rd, commencing at 10:35 a.m. (5:35 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 30 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting the State of Israel, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Isaac HERZOG, President of the State of Israel. The overview is as follows:

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa reiterated that Japan has unequivocally condemned the recent terror attacks including the brutal killing and kidnapping by Hamas and others, and expressed Japan’s solidarity with the people of Israel. She offered her condolences to the bereaved families and expresses her heartfelt sympathies to the injured. Furthermore, she stated that she is worried about those kidnapped, and hostages must be released immediately.
  2. Minister Kamikawa also expressed that Japan is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. She raised that humanitarian pause is needed, and all the parties must act in accordance with international law including the international humanitarian law. Furthermore, Minister Kamikawa once again requested cooperation in ensuring the safety of Japanese nationals.
  3. President Helzog stated that Israel appreciates the solidarity shown by Japan to Israel, and that Israel would continue to cooperate as much as possible to ensure the safety of Japanese nationals.
  4. Minister Kamikawa and President Herzog concurred to continue to cooperate toward securing safety of civilians and calming down the situation as soon as possible.

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