Message of condolences from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following the damage caused by the earthquake that occurred in Central Mexico
September 20, 2017
Following the damage resulting from the earthquake that occurred in Central Mexico on September 20 (at approximately 3:00 a.m., Japan time; approximately 1:00 p.m. on September 19, local time), Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, delivered the following message of condolences to H.E. Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of the United Mexican States.
“Your Excellency President Enrique Peña Nieto,
As a friend with long historical ties to Mexico and as a frequently earthquake prone country like Mexico, Japan feels deeply saddened at the news of this earthquake, which struck your country following the earthquake off the Pacific Coast of south-west Mexico on September 7 and caused enormous damage and a greater loss of precious lives than the previous earthquake.
On behalf of the Government and people of Japan, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to all those who lost their lives and their grieving families, and express my sympathies to all of the affected people.
Japan received swift support from your country at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. This time, we will support your country. I hereby inform you that from a lifesaving standpoint, the Government of Japan has decided to dispatch the Japan Disaster Relief Team. Japan stands ready to continue to provide any assistance that Mexico needs. I sincerely pray that the disaster-affected regions recover as quickly as possible.
Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan”