Japan

27 November 2018, Tokyo, Japan

Secretary-General's message to the High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters Symposium, 27-28 November

I commend the High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disaster, as well as my Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, Dr. Han Seung-soo, for convening this important meeting and symposium.
 
Globally, water-related disasters have accounted for almost 90 per cent of the 1,000 most devasting natural disasters since 1990.
 
The damage attributed to water-related disasters is enormous -- 15 to 40 per cent of annual Gross Domestic Product for some countries – countries that are often least resilient to disasters.
 

09 August 2018, Nagasaki

Opening remarks at press conference at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall

It is impossible to visit this museum and this memorial, not to feel deeply, deeply sad. Sad because of the enormous suffering that is so eloquently demonstrated in these rooms. Sad because it is possible in humanity to have tragedies like this, but also with an enormous admiration for the resilience of the people of Nagasaki.
 

09 August 2018, Nagasaki

Remarks at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Ceremony

Secretary-General António Guterres delivers remarks at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial ceremony.  UN Photo/Dan Powell

[As delivered]

09 August 2018, Nagasaki

Secretary-General's Press Conference at Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall

It is impossible to visit this museum and this memorial, not to feel deeply, deeply sad. Sad because of the enormous suffering that is so eloquently demonstrated in these rooms. Sad because it is possible in humanity to have tragedies like this, but also with an enormous admiration for the resilience of the people of Nagasaki.
 

09 August 2018, Nagasaki

Secretary-General’s remarks at Peace Memorial Ceremony [as delivered]

Nagasaki no minasama, konnichi wa. [Hello, everyone.]
 
Minasama-ni ome-ni kakarete, kouei desu.  [It is an honour to meet you.]
 
I am humbled, as Secretary-General of the United Nations, to be here with you to commemorate the women, men and children killed by the nuclear attack on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945.
 
I convey my deepest respect and condolences to everyone here today, and to all the victims and survivors of the atomic bombs.
 

08 August 2018, Tokyo

Opening remarks at press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

First of all, I would like to thank Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe for his very, very warm welcome.
 
Japan is a fundamental pillar of multilateralism in today’s world. Japan is a very staunch supporter of the United Nations and I want to express my deep gratitude and admiration for that.
 
Since I joined the United Nations many years ago, I have been coming to Japan at least once a year, but this visit has a very special meaning.
 

06 August 2018, Hiroshima, Japan

Secretary-General's message to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Service

[Delivered by Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs]

It is a privilege to pay tribute to the citizens of Hiroshima and all those who perished in the blinding flash of nuclear destruction, and in the weeks, months and years that followed, and to stand in solidarity with the Hibakusha and their families.

What occurred in Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 cannot and must not ever happen again. The future of our children and of our children’s children depends upon it.

14 December 2017, Tokyo, Japan

Secretary-General’s press conference at Japan National Press Club

SG: [inaudible] in the struggle for a fair globalization. Japan’s role in human security, in humanitarian aid, in the promotion of human rights around the world. Japan’s commitment to peace and security, to disarmament, are aspects in which this country has always provided leadership in relation to the multilateral system, and it is my pleasure as Secretary-General of the United Nations to recognize it and to pay tribute to that commitment of the Japanese Government and the Japanese people.