Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
September 12, 2001
The incidents in the United States are extremely vicious and unforgivable
acts of violence. Such acts of terrorism are totally unacceptable. I am
On behalf of the people of Japan, I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies
to the President of the United States of America and to the American people.
The series of terrorist attacks that occurred yesterday in the United States
of America took a great number of precious lives. These extremely vicious
acts of violence can never be forgiven. I am outraged by these acts which
pose a grave challenge not only to the United States but to the entire free
I would like to express once again condolences for the victims and their
bereaved families, as well as my heartfelt sympathies to the President and
the people of the United States and to all who have suffered.
Japan strongly supports the United States and is resolved to spare no effort
in providing necessary assistance and cooperation. We must stand firmly
together with the concerned nations of the world to ensure that such acts
are never repeated.
We established emergency headquarters in the Prime Minister's Office last
night and efforts are being made to gather information and take necessary
actions. Furthermore, the National Security Council had a meeting a little
while ago with the attendance of all Cabinet members and decided on the
following six-item policy.
All relevant ministries will work in concert to take every possible measure
in order to gather accurate information on the situation including the safety
of Japanese nationals concerned and to take all appropriate measures.
All possible measures will be put in place to assist Japanese nationals
affected. At the same time, the preparations for such measures as the dispatch
of a Japan Disaster Relief Team for all those affected will be made, so
that actions can be taken promptly if requested.
The security of such facilities and establishments related to the United
States in Japan will be enhanced, and necessary actions will be taken as
appropriate, responding to the prevailing situation.
Efforts will be made to provide appropriate information to the people of
Japan and to keep the people alert on the situations.
Japan will respond in cooperation with the United States and other concerned
nations to combat international terrorism.
Appropriate measures will be taken to prevent confusion in the economic
systems both in Japan and in the rest of the world.
The Government of Japan will do its utmost to respond to the situation based
on this policy.