Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the recent situation in the Gaza Strip
1. The Government of Japan is deeply concerned about the recent situation in the Gaza Strip, in which tension in and around Gaza is escalated. Japan strongly condemn the multiple launches of rockets from the Gaza Strip to Israel, and urges both sides to prevent further escalation of violence.
2. Japan is convinced that the problems people in the Middle East face can never be solved through violence but only through negotiations and efforts to build mutual trust among parties to the conflict. Japan strongly hopes that all the parties concerned will make the utmost efforts to that end.