Statement By the Chief Cabinet Secretary on the Visit to the Republic of Palau by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan
Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan made an official visit to the Republic of Palau, from 8th to 9th April, to mourn and pay tribute to those who died in the war and pray for peace in this 70th year after the end of the war. Their Majesties have returned to Japan safe and sound.
During their stay in the Republic of Palau, Their Majesties, remembering the war dead and praying for peace, laid wreaths to the “Monument of the War Dead in the Western Pacific” erected by the Government of Japan and to the “U.S. Army 81st Infantry Division Memorial” in Peleliu Island. Prior to this, Their Majesties received welcome from the President of the Republic of Palau and his spouse, as well as the President of the Federated States of Micronesia and his spouse and the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and his spouse, in order to further promote the friendship with these countries. It proved to be a truly significant visit.
I would like to express sincere appreciation of the Government of Japan to the Government of the Republic of Palau which has extended cooperation in various ways for this visit as well as to the people of the Republic of Palau who warmly welcomed Their Majesties. I wish that this visit will strengthen even further the friendship with the above-mentioned three countries.