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Japan / Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the Passing of H.E. Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Former President of the Republic of South Africa

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TOKYO, Japan, December 9, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- 1. Upon receiving the news of the passing of H.E. Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, former President of the Republic of South Africa, the Government of Japan expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved family and the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa.

2. Former President Mandela was a fighter and promoter of anti-apartheid movement who spent 27 years in prison. His name is engraved in the world's history for abolishing apartheid and promoting reconciliation between different races. In 1994, he became the first president of the Republic of South Africa after the abolishment of apartheid.

3. Former President Mandela visited Japan three times, including the official state visit in 1995. Mr. Mandela met with His Majesty the Emperor of Japan and deepened friendship with leaders of various fields and civil society activists who were engaged in the anti-apartheid movement.

4. In respect for Mr. Mandela's great achievements, the Government of Japan offers its heartfelt prayer that his soul rest in peace. The Government of Japan hopes that the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa will overcome this great sadness and continue to work towards further prosperity of the country.