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Memorial Service for Members of the Self-Defense Forces Who Lost Their Lives on

October 28, 2017

Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering a memorial address (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering a memorial address (1)

  • Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering a memorial address (1)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering a memorial address (2)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister attending the memorial service

Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering a memorial address (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister delivering a memorial address (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister attending the memorial service

Photograph of the Prime Minister attending the memorial service

[Provisional Translation]

On October 28, 2017, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the FY2017 Memorial Service for Members of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) Who Lost Their Lives on Duty at the Ministry of Defense.

The Prime Minister offered a silent prayer, delivered a memorial address, and offered flowers.

The Prime Minister said in his memorial address,

“I would like to to offer a memorial address on the occasion of the FY2017 Memorial Service for Members of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) Who Lost Their Lives on Duty, for the souls of the SDF members who perished while carrying out their noble duty of protecting the existence of Japan.

This year, we are newly enshrining 25 souls.

They served the Japanese people with steadfast devotion. In each of their respective positions, they gave their utmost to their duties with a strong sense of purpose and duty. They are the pride of Japan. We shall never forget their bravery or their names.

At the same time, I feel unbearable grief when I think of the deep sorrow and heartbreak of those who have lost their precious family members.

I wish to once again express our profound respect and gratitude to the 1,934 souls who have been enshrined to date.

I pledge that the precious sacrifices of these individuals shall not be in vain. We will uphold their wishes and resolutely protect the lives and peaceful daily lives of the Japanese people. I promise here today that we will do everything in our power to contribute to global peace and stability.

I would like once again to pray for the repose of the souls of the fallen SDF members and for the peace of mind and everlasting good health of their bereaved family members.”
 

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