Messages from Consul General at Denver

 


Greeting Message from Consul-General Takeuchi

Message from Mrs. Midori Takeuchi, Consul General of Japan at the 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII

2020/8/14

 

We mark this 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in the midst of a fight against COVID-19.  

Thinking of the suffering and great loss of precious lives, I would like to convey my grief and offer profound condolences for all victims of World War II, both civilian and military, in all corners of Asia and the world, of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, air raids on Tokyo and other cities, and the ground battle of Okinawa, among others.

With deep regret and sincere apology since then, Japan has firmly upheld the principle that any disputes must be settled peacefully and diplomatically, based on the rule of law and not through the use of force or aggression, and reached out to other countries to do the same.  We have pledged our efforts toward building peace and prosperity of the world and never again engaging in war, believing the world should renounce colonialism and embrace the right of self-determination.  We remember and deeply appreciate the goodwill and support so kindly given to us for the reconstruction of our country, so we are fully determined to extend the same generosity to others in need.  

Once foes, the United States and Japan have now become trusted allies.  For this, we pay tribute to our predecessors for their wisdom, courage, and vision, and to the efforts of our governments and people of both our countries.  Based on our shared commitment to common values such as democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law based on an international order, our Alliance has played and will continue to play an integral role in ensuring peace and security for our two countries, while realizing our common vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.  Our Alliance is strong, broader and more essential today than ever.

Since my arrival in Colorado as Consul General, I have met so many people who have learned the lessons of history and take action to build a better future.  I endeavor to work closely and passionately with them and will forever be an ardent learner of Japanese American history, having great respect for the sacrifice of the Nisei veterans to prove their loyalty to this nation, the success of the redress movement to further strengthen its democracy, and the younger generations who carry on this legacy.  Between our countries, people to people exchange and sister city relations also help pave the way in building a strong human foundation for peace.  On this hallowed anniversary, I remain determined in these ways to work toward promoting greater peace and prosperity of the world.  

I believe in hope for the future, and we shall overcome.  We shall overcome the impact of this current pandemic that is inflicting such tremendous damage.  Japan, the United States, and all countries of the world will work together, guided by persistent wisdom and science, to fight this crisis. I would like to renew again my appreciation for the medical workers and all those on the front lines of this battle, the essential workers and people who support our daily life.  I am grateful for the efforts of governors, local leaders and other authorities in charge who continue to engage with this difficult situation, and pray for the safety and health of all of you.  

Midori Takeuchi
Consul-General of Japan in Denver
August 15, 2020