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National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Message of condolence from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Prime Minister Theresa May of the U.K. following the Terrorist Attack in Manchester

[Date] May 23, 2017
[Source] Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
[Full text]

Dear Theresa,

I am greatly shocked by the appalling terrorist attack at a concert hall in Manchester where many young music-lovers gather.

On behalf of the Japanese government and people, I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims as well as my sympathies to the wounded.

Peaceful life and young people with great future ahead became the target of the terrorist attack. I cannot help but feel strong resentment. In this difficult time, I wish to express my heartfelt solidarity.

No terrorist attack can erode our unity. At the G7 Summit Meeting in Taormina, I would like to express the G7's strong determination to resolutely stand up against terrorism. In close cooperation with the United Kingdom and the international community, Japan will continue its efforts to combat terrorism.

Sincerely yours,