On the Passing of Former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

It is with great sadness that I extend my deepest condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and the people of Japan.  Prime Minister Nakasone was a courageous leader at a critical juncture for Japan and a trusted friend of the United States, who personified the strength of the U.S.-Japan alliance and economic relationship.  As a great statesman, his efforts to improve relations with neighboring countries and address the daunting international challenges of the day have had a lasting impact on the international community.

I, and the people of the United States, will long remember Prime Minister Nakasone’s warm friendship and immeasurable contribution to U.S.-Japan relations, as well as his inspiring dedication to his country and the region.