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Press Conference by Foreign Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 4:41 p.m. Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Opening remarks

Bombing incident in central Istanbul, Turkey

Mr. Yasuhisa Kawamura, Press Secretary and Director-General for Press and Public Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: I have a statement to announce related to the bombing incident in central Istanbul in the Republic of Turkey.

In relation to the large number of casualties arising from an incident believed to be a suicide bombing terrorist attack that occurred in Istanbul, the Republic of Turkey, on January 12, Japan extends its sincere condolences to the bereaved families, and expresses its heartfelt sympathy to those who were injured.

Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan firmly condemns such an act of terrorism. Japan expresses its strong solidarity with the countries concerned, including Turkey.

This ends my opening remarks.

Bombing incident in central Istanbul, Turkey

Ishii, Jiji Press: A major act of terrorism occurred in Turkey last year too. Does the Government intend to raise warning levels, regarding the information of dangers in Turkey or travel to Turkey?

Press Secretary Kawamura: The bombing incident just occurred yesterday so the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is first devoting utmost efforts to measures aimed at ensuring the safety of Japanese people in the area.

As to whether victims include Japanese people, the Consulate General of Japan in Istanbul confirmed that that there have been no Japanese people among the dead or injured at this point by contacting the local authorities.

Regarding safety measures for Japanese people in the area, the Consulate-General swiftly issued e-mails with a warning to Japanese residents and short-term visitors registered on MOFA’s “Tabi regi (Travel Register)” system right after the incident occurred. MOFA also issued overseas safety information on the overseas safety home page.

We are taking these steps as near-term measures, but also intend to make our utmost efforts with due care to ensure the safety of Japanese living in the area and overseas travelers.

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