Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
Remarks at Ceremony for All Victims of the Terrorist Attacks
September 23, 2001

Many lives were lost as a result of the terrorist attacks on 11 September in New York, Washington D.C and Pittsburgh.

These terrorist attacks are a serious challenge not only to the United States, but to the freedom, peace and democracy of the world.

Many people fell victim to these attacks. The damage was inflicted, of course, on Americans, but also on people throughout the world, including Japanese.

We must stand up with firm resolve to acts of terrorism, together with other nations of the world.

At the same time, I would like to express my deep condolences for all who were killed as a result of these acts of terrorism.

People around the world share sadness and pain, as well as strong anger toward terrorism. I understand that in New York many Japanese are working as volunteers, that some are participating in the rescue activities, that some are in line to donate blood, and furthermore, that many people have made a donation.

Here in Japan too, many people have visited the Embassy of the United States to present flowers. Efforts to collect contributions are also underway, through various routes.

To express our feelings of condolences for those who selflessly gave their lives to save others and to support the rescue and relief efforts, the Government of Japan has taken a decision to contribute $10 million dollars.

The Government of Japan is firmly resolved to strive for the eradication of terrorism. At the same time, as an ally, Japan strongly supports the United States and is resolved to do its utmost in offering assistance and cooperation.

I recently announced seven-point measures that will be taken to respond to these acts of terrorism. G8 issued a Statement by the Heads of Government on their fight against terrorism.

There is an expression "A friend in need is a friend indeed." In the fight against terrorism and in the effort to assist the victims, the people of all nations of the world, including the United States, must combine their efforts in cooperation. I am resolved to work hand in hand with the nations of the world to build a peaceful international community that is free of terrorism.

I, on behalf of the Japanese Government, would like to state that my heart grieves for those who suffered and for their families and loved ones. Furthermore, I vow that the Government will do whatever it can to assist those who have suffered.