Jakarta, January 1, 2005
Comments by Prime Minister Koizumi
1. Faced with the unprecedented disaster that struck Asian countries, I have decided to attend the Special
ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on the Aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami on 6
January in Indonesia to express Japan’s determination to extend the
maximum possible assistance commensurate with its responsibilities as a
fellow Asian partner, to demonstrate our solidarity, and to discuss
2. Japan will provide
assistance to the maximum extent possible in three ways: financial
resources, knowledge and expertise, and human resources.
(1) For the time being, Japan
will extend to affected countries and international organizations
concerned up to $500 million of grant money as emergency assistance to
cope with the damage.
(2) Japan will promote
cooperation with countries and international organizations concerned for
the expeditious establishment of a Tsunami early-warning mechanism for
countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, utilizing Japan’s expertise and
technology. Japan will propose that a special session on this subject be
convened at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction to
be held from 18 to 22 January in Kobe, Japan.
(3) With respect to
contributions of human resources, Japan has already dispatched Japan
Disaster Relief Teams to various affected areas, and Japan will make
further contributions by utilizing fire department helicopters and
personnel. Japan will also consider, as early as possible, additional
contributions by mobilizing Japan Self Defence Forces aircraft, vessels
3. Noting the serious damage to
social infrastructure in disaster-stricken countries, Japan, in
cooperation with other countries and international organizations, will
extend its maximum assistance possible for rehabilitation and
reconstruction, based on the situations in these countries.