Official Residence TOP
Official Residence Archives
Speeches and Statements by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

Statement by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the Passing of Former President Ronald Reagan of the United States of America

June 6, 2004

1.Upon learning of the passing of Former U.S. President Ronald Wilson Reagan, I would like to express, on behalf of the Government and the people of Japan, my heartfelt condolences to the members of his family and to the Government and the people of the United States of America.
2.During the arduous period of the Cold War, President Reagan showed great leadership and contributed tremendously to the advancement of democracy and free-market economy. In addition, President Reagan always placed a top priority on the maintenance of a sound Japan-U.S. alliance, and provided the cornerstone that allowed us to make great achievements in the strengthening of Japan-U.S. relations. Today, Japan and the U.S. share the concept of "the Alliance in the Global Context" which can be characterized as a locomotive to solve various international issues, cooperating with each other along with the other countries within our global community. We can say that the foundation of such an alliance was built during the Reagan presidency.
3.Thinking of President Reagan's great and historic accomplishments, I renewed my strong belief that it is our responsibility to make utmost efforts to further strengthen the Japan-U.S. relations and to pursue world peace and prosperity.