07 July 2012, Tokyo

Remarks to the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) addressed the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, calling for continued engagement with and support for the Central Asian country. UN/E. Debebe


I would like to express my deep appreciation to the Government of Japan for its commitment to peace in Afghanistan and for generously hosting this event.

I also commend the Government of Afghanistan for defining its vision for the Transformation Decade.

This is the third international conference on Afghanistan in just three months. It is aimed at defining and solidifying the engagement between Afghanistan and its partners in support of the country’s self-reliance.

08 August 2011, Tokyo

Opening remarks at press stakeout with Prime Minister of Japan

Kan souri, soshite nihon no minasama,

[“Prime Minister Kan and people of Japan,”]

Konotabi, higashi nihon dai shinsai ni yori hisai sareta chiiki no minasama ni, kokoroyori omimai moushi agemasu.

[“First of all, my deep sympathy to those who have been affected by the huge disaster in Eastern Japan.”]

Ikkokumo hayai kaifuku to fukkou wo oinorishiteorimasu.

[“I would like to extend my very best wishes for early rehabilitation and restoration.”]

08 August 2011, Tokyo

Opening remarks at press stakeout with Foreign Minister of Japan

Matsumoto gaisho tono kaidan dewa, kokuren to Nihon no kankei ni tsuite hanashiai mashita. Totemo yuuigina hanashiai deshita.

[“I have just discussed with Foreign Minister Matsumoto UN-Japanese relations. We had a very constructive meeting.]

Nihon wa kokuren no juuyouna ichi-in desu. Soshite, mata, kokuren wa nihon ni tottemo daijidesu.

[“Japan is an important member of the UN. And the UN is also important for Japan.”]

08 August 2011, Fukushima

Opening remarks at press encounter at Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture (Japan)

Souma-shi no minasama, fukushima no minasama, watakushi wa kokuren jimusouchou no pan gimun desu. Konotabi no higashi nihon daishinnsai dewa minasama ookina eikyou wo ukemashita. Shikashi, nihon wa kanarazu tachiagaru to shinjite imasu.

[People of Soma City, people of Fukushima, you were severely affected by the huge disaster but I firmly believe that your great country will recover from it.]

I just paid my respects in memory of the many people who lost their lives.

08 August 2011, Fukushima

Remarks at breakfast hosted by Mr. Chiaki Takahashi, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Yuhei Sato, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture

I came here to express my solidarity, the United Nations' solidarity, to the Government and people, particularly the affected people, in Fukushima.

This is an unprecedented natural disaster, but I'm very much encouraged by the way the Japanese Government and people have been trying to overcome with composure with discipline [inaudible] and determination to overcome this crisis.

The whole world is supporting you and trying to help, together with the United Nations.

08 August 2011, Fukushima

Remarks at Fukushima Minami High School

Fukushima Minami Koukou, Futaba Koukou no minasan, konnichiwa. Kokokuren jimusouchou no pan gi-mun desu.

[To everyone at Fukushima Minami and Futaba High School, hello! I am United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.]

Mazuwa, Fukushima daihyou no koushien, ikkaisen toppa, omedetougozaimasu. Nadeshiko Japan no wahrudo kappu yuushou mo omedetou gozaimasu. Onaji ajia-jin to shite totemo ureshii desu.

06 August 2010, Hiroshima

Opening remarks at press conference

Minasan, konnichiwa. Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure. As I am winding down my visit to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, I think this is a good opportunity for me to tell you something about my own reflections and what I am going to do. And I will just make a brief remarks; then I would be happy to answer your questions.

06 August 2010, Hiroshima

Remarks at Welcome Ceremony in Hiroshima (as prepared for delivery)

I have come to Hiroshima on a pilgrimage for peace.

Every world leader should join us along this path.

Disarmament is among the most important, most noble, goals of the United Nations.

And I would like to say, as well, that it is a goal to which I have devoted much of my life.

We are neighbors, Korea and Japan. We, too, know what it is to live under the nuclear shadow.

That is why I feel especially honored to be the first United Nations Secretary-General to join you here for the Peace Memorial Ceremony.