June 5, 2017
Tokyo- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his determination Monday to fight terrorism following the latest attack in London on Saturday that killed at least seven people and injured 48 others.
"I offer heartfelt condolences for the victims, and my thoughts are with those who were injured," Abe said at a House of Representatives committee meeting.
"I feel strong indignation at the attack on innocent citizens," Abe said. "I am determined to fight terrorism in cooperation with the international community."
Abe sent a similar message to British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday.
At a press conference Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government has so far received no information that any Japanese national was involved in the attack in downtown London.
Japan will take every possible measure to ensure public safety ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Suga noted.
While offering his condolences to the victims of the incident, Abe said in the message, "I express solidarity with the people of Britain in this difficult time."
"Japan is determined to fight terrorism, working hand in hand with Britain and other members of the international community," he continued.
Abe said he was greatly shocked by the appalling terrorist attack. He added that he cannot help but feel strong resentment at the act of terrorism, which damaged the peaceful weekend of innocent citizens.
Also on Sunday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida condemned the terrorist attack.
"The despicable act of terrorism can never be permissible," he told reporters in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan.
Revealing that a local task force has been set up at the Japanese embassy in London to gather information, Kishida said there has been no information so far about Japanese nationals having been involved in the incident. (Jiji Press)