Japan

06 August 2010, Tokyo

Remarks at reception hosted by Global Compact Network Japan [as prepared for delivery]

Chairman Arima, Distinguished members of the Global Compact Japan Network,

Minasan konbanwa. (Good evening everyone)

Minasan ni oaidekite ureshii desu. (I am very happy to meet everybody)

I am delighted to be among you again.

With each visit I see you are even more active and engaged than before.

I am here in Japan, as you know, to pay tribute to the victims of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The past two days have been profoundly moving.

06 August 2010, Hiroshima

Remarks at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

Hiroshima no minasama konichiwa. Ohayo gozaimasu.

We are here, on hallowed ground, to see, to feel, to absorb and reflect.

I am honored to be the first UN Secretary-General to take part in this Peace Memorial Ceremony on the 65th anniversary of this tragic day. And I am deeply moved.

05 August 2010, Nagasaki

Opening remarks at press conference at Urakami Cathedral

Ladies and gentlemen,

Minasan konnichiwa.

It is a great honour for me to visit this historic site

It has been a profoundly moving day for me.

I have come to Japan to commemorate the terrible events of 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki ? and to join my voice with all those who say this can never happen again.

More than 75,000 people died instantly here in Nagasaki. A similar number perished in Hiroshima.

Many more died from injuries and radiation poisoning. People are still dying today.

05 August 2010, Nagasaki

Remarks at wreath-laying ceremony (as prepared for delivery)

On this location, sixty-five summers ago, a single plane dropped a single bomb.

It left this beautiful city of Nagasaki in ruins.

It took the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children.

I have come today to pay my respects to their memory.

I have come to honour the hibakusha for the extraordinary hardships they have had to endure.

And I have come to stand in solidarity with the citizens of Nagasaki.

Together with the people of Hiroshima you have created a dynamic partnership for global nuclear disarmament.

05 August 2010, Nagasaki

Remarks at memorial for Korean atomic-bomb victims

It is a great honour for me to visit this memorial.

Tomorrow I will visit its sister monument in Hiroshima.

Two thousand Koreans perished here. Twenty thousand in Hiroshima.

As a Korean, I am deeply grateful to the cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima for erecting these moving tributes.

As Secretary-General of the United Nations, as a global citizen, I see them as a powerful testament to the unity of all the world's peoples in the face of disaster – whether this one 65 years ago, or those we face today.

04 August 2010, Tokyo

Remarks at dialogue with Waseda University students

Minasan, konnichi wa! O-genki desu ka?

Thank you for that kind introduction, and thank you all for coming today – particularly during your summer break.

It is a special pleasure to speak at Waseda University, which has such a long and rich history.

You have provided your country with six prime ministers already. Perhaps a seventh is in the audience.

I made a special request to speak at Waseda. Whenever I travel, I like to meet university students. And I know Waseda is famous for its creativity - its innovative thinking.

03 August 2010, Tokyo

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada

Okada Gaimudaijin, domo arigato gozaimasu. (Thank you very much Foreign Minsiter Okada) Minasan, konbanwa. (Good evening to all of you.)

Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to meet you again. I am delighted to be in Japan for my fourth visit. I thank the Government and people of Japan for their warm welcome and hospitality. I thank Foreign Minister Okada for his hospitality for this sumptuous dinner.

01 July 2009, Tokyo

Opening remarks at joint press encounter with Prime Minister Taro Aso of Japan

Doumo arigato gozaimashita.

In a short period of time, I have had the opportunity to meet with a wide range of Japanese leaders and people.

30 June 2009, Tokyo

Opening remark at joint press encounter with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone

(Unofficial transcript)

Nakasone daijin domo arigato gozaimashita. Minasama konbanwa. Ichinen buri ni Nihon ni mairimashita. Imakara eigo de hanashimasu.

(Minister Nakasone, thank you very much. Good evening everyone. It has been a year since I visited Japan last. I will now speak in English.)