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[Title] Message of condolences from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe following the shooting incident in Christchurch, New Zealand

[Date] March 15, 2019
[Source] Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
[Full text]

On March 15, following the shooting incident in the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan sent the following message of condolences to Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.

"Dear Prime Minister Ardern,

Japan firmly condemns the atrocious shooting carried out in Christchurch on 15th March. On behalf of the Government and people of Japan, I extend my sincere condolences to those who lost their lives and express heartfelt sympathy for their bereaved families and those injured.

Japan expresses its sincere solidarity with the people of New Zealand in overcoming this difficult time.

Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. In close cooperation with New Zealand and the international community, Japan is determined to resolutely stand up against terrorism.

Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister of Japan"