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Hatoyama Cabinet E-mail Magazine No. 32 (May 28, 2010)

Yukio Hatoyama's "Yu-Ai" -- Message from the Prime Minister
(provisional translation of the Japanese version of the Hatoyama Cabinet E-mail Magazine, which is delivered on Thursdays)

Prime Minister HatoyamaProfile Japanese

"Security of Japan and East Asia"

Regarding the sinking of the ROK Naval patrol vessel "Cheonan," I express my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the 46 victims of the incident, the members of their bereaved families, and the people of the Republic of Korea (ROK). On May 20, as a result of the joint investigation with experts from the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Australia, the ROK government announced that it had concluded that the incident had been caused by a torpedo fired by North Korea.

On May 24, President Lee Myung-bak of the ROK gave an extremely passionate and powerful speech toward the people of the ROK saying, "I will continue to take stern measures to hold the North accountable," and announced the ROK's intent to refer this matter to the United Nations (UN) Security Council, among other measures.

I immediately spoke with President Lee by telephone, expressing my respect for the resolute and calm manner in which the ROK government has responded to the incident. I also reaffirmed Japan's position to strongly support the ROK.

In the afternoon of May 24, I convened a Security Council meeting. North Korea's action cannot be condoned by any means, and Japan strongly condemns it together with the international community. As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Japan firmly supports the ROK, and will strengthen coordination with the international community, especially with the ROK and the United States, both bilaterally and trilaterally, including response by the UN Security Council. We will urgently consider anew our own measures against North Korea and make the utmost effort for the early enactment of the bill to establish a special measures law for cargo inspections. Moreover, given this unpredictable situation, we will enhance intelligence gathering and take all possible measures to secure the safety and sense of security of the people of Japan.

This weekend, on Jeju Island in the ROK, a Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit Meeting will be held. I would like to strongly emphasize the need for Japan, China, and the ROK to coordinate and cooperate even more closely for the peace and stability of East Asia.

The government will make concerted efforts to further consolidate the security of Japan and East Asia.

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