Statement by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
on the Passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st U.S. President of the United States
I was deeply saddened upon hearing about the passing of the 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush. I extend my deep condolences to his bereaved families as well as to the Government and the people of the United States.
President George H.W. Bush accomplished historic, great achievement by contributing to peace and stability of the international community, including through ending the Cold War with the USSR and taking strong leadership in the Gulf War immediately after that. During the four years of his tenure, he visited Japan twice, where he played tennis with His Majesty the Emperor, hugely contributing to further enhancing the amicable Japan-US relations. President George H.W. Bush was a man of integrity, who was loved by Japanese people.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Japan, I offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of President George H.W. Bush.