Statement by Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the Passing of Mr. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

TOKYO, Japan, August 23, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ ? On receiving the news of the passing of Mr. Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Government of Japan expresses sincere condolences to his bereaved family and the Government and people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Meles made a total of five visits to Japan, including his first official working visit to Japan in 1996. He attended the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) every time since the second conference held in 1998. Moreover, he visited Japan in 2008 to participate in the Outreach Working Sessions in the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. Thus, he made great contributions to the development of Japan-Ethiopia relations. In addition, he was strongly interested in the modern and contemporary history of Asia, which has achieved rapid development, and passionately promoted activities to popularize a Japanese method for the improvement of quality and productivity called ?Kaizen? in Ethiopia.

The Government of Japan offers its sincerest prayers for the repose of Prime Minister Meles? soul and wishes that the Government of Ethiopia and its people will overcome this sadness and continue to progress toward the further development and prosperity of their country.

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