"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] Message of Condolences from Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio to H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey

[Date] February 6, 2023
[Source] Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

I am deeply grieved and saddened at the news of the large number of people who lost their lives or suffered injuries as a result of the earthquake that struck southern Turkey on February 6.

On behalf of the Government of Japan and the Japanese people, I express my heartfelt condolences to all those who lost their lives and extend my sympathies to all who have been affected by this disaster. I pray for the swift recovery of all those affected.

Like Turkey, Japan has also experienced serious damage from earthquakes many times, and in past disasters as well, Japan and Turkey have provided support for each other. Japan will stand reliably alongside the Turkish people as Turkey works to overcome this difficult time. Japan is ready to provide to the greatest degree possible the support Turkey requires, taking into consideration the needs in the disaster areas.