Message from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to President George W. Bush of the United States of America concerning the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident

February 1, 2003
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Dear Mr. President:

Upon hearing the news of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident, I was overwhelmed with deep grief.

On behalf of the Government of Japan and the Japanese nation, I pray for a peaceful repose for the astronauts who bravely assumed their mission for the progress of mankind, and I express my sincere condolences to all the families of the astronauts and the whole nation of the United States of America.


Junichiro Koizumi
Prime Minister of Japan

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