Japanese Advised Caution in France

Friday, January 9, 2015

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) The Foreign Ministry in Tokyo on Thursday issued a statement after the attack of terrorism at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, calling on the Japanese people planning to go or already in France, to take extra precautions regarding their safety.

The Travel Warning Bureau at the ministry said that the French government has raised the terrorism alert to the highest level in the areas of Ile-de-France, which includes the capital city of Paris, and asks that all Japanese people in the country be especially careful, to keep themselves informed and to leave any area that looked suspicious.

The ministry, however, has not raised its danger alert level of France at this point.

Paris has been one of the most popular spots for Japanese tourists over the years, according to data from Japan Travel bureau.

A gun attack on the morning of January 7 (local time) at the Paris offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, has left 12 people, including the chief editor and cartoonists of the magazine and two police officers, dead while 11 others were injured.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a message to Francois Hollande, President of France, in which he strongly condemned the attack as an act of terror against free speech.

“I cannot help but be immensely shocked and outraged to hear that the shooting terrorism incident that occurred in Paris has resulted in a large number of casualties. Vicious terrorism such as this cannot be tolerated for any reason and I resolutely condemn it. On behalf of the Government of Japan and its nationals, I would like to express our sincere condolences to all the victims and their families, and extend our heartfelt sympathies to the injured. Japan stands with France at this difficult time,” Abe said in the statement.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida also sent a similar message to his French counterpart Laurent Fabius.

Photo: The Ambassador of France in Japan, Thierry Dana, speakes to the French community in a gathering in the embassy premises in Tokyo in memory of the twelve Charlie Hebdo journalists, cartoonists and policemen killed in a terrorist attack.

Photo Credit: © Joel Legendre 2015

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