"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
Database of Japanese Politics and International Relations
National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Statement by Prime Minister Kishida on the Passing of the Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev

[Date] September 1, 2022
[Source] Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

Upon learning of the passing of the Former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, I would like to express our sincere condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Japan.

As the top leader of the Soviet Union, President Gorbachev played an important role in overcoming the division in Europe as well as the East-West confrontation after World War II. During his time as President, the U.S. and the Soviet Union agreed to reduce nuclear weapons for the first time in history, and brought the Cold War to an end.

As for his relations with Japan, during his trip to the country in 1991 as the first-ever head of state to visit from the Soviet Union, he visited Nagasaki, and even after stepping down from the presidency he visited Hiroshima in 1992. As a world leader who advocates for the elimination of nuclear weapons, he made great achievements.

President Gorbachev was a man of action with a great strategic vision who played a significant part in above-mentioned fields, and I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family and to the people of the Russian Federation in memory of his achievements.