Statement by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the Passing of the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law by the Diet of Japan
October 29, 2001
1. Today the Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law was passed in the Diet. Ever since the terrorist attacks took place in the United States on September 11, the Government of Japan has devoted its utmost efforts to cooperate with the rest of the international community in our endeavors to prevent and eradicate international terrorism in order to ensure the peace and security of the international community including Japan itself. The passing of this bill today is of great significance in that it enables Japan to be even more proactive in advancing its efforts.
Vigorous debate has taken place on this law in both Houses of the Diet since the submission of the Government draft of the law on October 5. I would like to express my appreciation to all those concerned for their cooperation in ensuring the passage of this law.
2. We now need to implement our response based on this law as soon as possible. The Government now initiates necessary considerations and coordination with other concerned countries and parties in order to expeditiously compile a Basic Plan in accordance with this law and makes preparations to ensure that response measures be promptly implemented after the compilation of the Basic Plan.
3. The Government views the fight against terrorism as a challenge of its own, and with a view to securing the safety of the nation and its people, will take measures based upon this law proactively and of its own initiative, within the framework of international cooperation. Measures aiming for the eradication of terrorism, including measures based on amendments to the Self-Defense Forces Law and the Maritime Safety Agency Law, will be comprehensively advanced, and full efforts will continue to be devoted to countering terrorism within Japan.
4. Furthermore, the Government of Japan will continue to promote the peace and reconstruction of Afghanistan in cooperation with other countries concerned and the United Nations. Regarding conflicts in the Middle East and South Asian regions as well, the Government will also call upon the concerned parties to redouble their efforts for peaceful resolution of the problems and extend Japan's cooperation to the fullest extent possible.
5. Eradicating international terrorism is certainly not an easy task. I ask for the further understanding and support of the people of Japan to these policies of the Government.
Back to Index