Extraordinary Press Conference by Foreign Minister KAMIKAWA Yoko
Sunday, October 8, 2023, 11:33 a.m. Narita Airport
Reporter:The Islamic organization Hamas has conducted a large-scale attack on Israel, while the Israeli military has started retaliatory operations, including air strikes, and there are said to be more than 400 deaths on the two sides. Please share your views and how you will respond.
Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs:On October 7, Hamas and other Palestinian militants launched a number of rockets into Israel and infiltrated into the Israeli territories from the Gaza Strip and caused numerous deaths and injuries. Japan strongly condemns the attacks, which severely harmed innocent civilians. Japan offers its condolences regarding the loss of life and to the bereaved families, and expresses its heartfelt sympathies to the injured.
In addition, a number of people including civilians were reportedly kidnapped by Hamas and other Palestinian militants. Japan strongly condemns such acts and urges the early release of those captives. At the same time, Japan is deeply concerned about a number of casualties in the Gaza Strip caused by the attacks by the Israeli Defence Forces.
Japan urges all the parties concerned to exercise maximum restraint in order to avoid further damage and casualties. Japan will continue to take all possible measures to ensure the safety of Japanese people in Israel and the Gaza Strip, while strengthening its efforts to reach out to both Israelis and Palestinians, and work towards calming down the situation as soon as possible in close coordination with the international community.