Messages of condolence from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida on the passing of former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Foley.

October 19, 2013
Japanese

  1. On October 19 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida issued the following messages of condolence on the passing of former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Thomas Foley.

    1. Prime Minister Abe’s message

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Ambassador Thomas Foley.
    Ambassador Foley has contributed profoundly to enhance relations between Japan and the United States, expand parliamentary exchanges, and to enhance the friendship and goodwill among the peoples of our two countries, consistently throughout his service as the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the United States Ambassador to Japan.
    On behalf of the people and the Government of Japan, I renew my sincere respects for the achievements of Ambassador Foley, and pray that he may rest in peace.
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

    2. Minister for Foreign Affairs Kishida’s message

    I express my heartfelt condolences upon hearing of the passing of Ambassador Thomas Foley.
    Ambassador Foley served in Japan from 1997 to 2001, during which he contributed extensively to further develop the friendship and goodwill among the peoples of Japan and the United States and to strengthen the alliance between our two countries.

    I renew my sincere respects for the achievements of Ambassador Foley, and pray for a peaceful repose of his soul.
    Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida

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(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)