Press Conference by Prime Minister Kishida on the Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
September 9, 2022
I cannot help but feel profound sorrow having learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the British Royal Family, the government and the people of the United Kingdom on behalf of the Government of Japan. The longest-serving monarch in the history of the British Royal Family, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years and played a tremendous role working for global peace and prosperity. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II contributed significantly to the strengthening of Japan-United Kingdom relations in particular, including Her Majesty's visit to Japan in 1975. The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who led the United Kingdom amid a rapidly changing global situation, is a great loss not only to the people of the United Kingdom but also to the international community. Japan’s thoughts are with the United Kingdom as the people overcome this deepest sadness. I respectfully express my sincere condolences.