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[Title] Message of Condolences by Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio on the Passing of Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State of the United States of America

[Date] December 1, 2023
[Source] Cabinet Public Affairs Office, Cabinet Secretariat
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

Following the passing of Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Former Secretary of State of the United States of America on November 29th (local time), Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio sent the following message to Mrs. Nancy Kissinger.

"I was deeply saddened to hear the passing of your husband, Dr. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State of the United States of America. Dr. Kissinger dedicated his life to peace and stability in the international community over the decades. In his relations with my country, he played a critical role in the reversion of Okinawa to Japan. His vision for a world without nuclear weapons has been highly respected here as well as in the world.

I myself have had the opportunity to meet him in person many times since I was young, and have received much insight from him. His great footsteps cannot be understated. I extend my sincere condolences to you and your family as well as the U.S. government and the American people."