TL-National Parliament approves vote of regret over the death of Satsuki Eda

TL-National Parliament approves vote of regret over the death of Satsuki Eda

Satsuki Eda, Japan's newly named justice minister, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan tapped former Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano to join his reshuffled Cabinet, bringing in a proponent of raising the sales tax to cope with rising social welfare costs and public debt. Photographer: Haruyoshi Yamaguchi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

DILI, 03 august 2021 (TATOLI) – The National Parliament approved this Tuesday a vote of condolence for the death of the Japanese former Minister of Justice and the Minister of the Environment, Satsuki Eda, which calls for respect and recognizing the contribution of Satsuki Eda to the national liberation.

Satsuki Eda was the first opposition MP of the House of Councilors of the National Diet of Japan, the former Minister of Justice, and also the former Minister of the Environment.

“The National Parliament extends its condolences following the passing of the Satsuki Eda. We also extend our condolences to the bereaved family of Satsuki Eda,” the President of the National Parliament, Aniceto Longuinhos Guterres Lopes made the comments during the plenary session, today at the House of Parliament, in Dili.

Satsuki Eda was an activist, lawyer, judge, jurist, and politician who founded Timor-Leste Parliamentary Forum, in 1996.

Satsuki Eda was born in Naka Ward, Japan on May 22, 1914, and passed away on July 28, 2021, in Okayama, Japan, at the age of 80.

Satsuki Eda’s Contribution to Timor-Leste’s Independence 

Following the 1991 Santa Cruz Massacre, Satsuki Eda mobilized 262 MPs of the Japanese Parliament to sign a petition in supporting Timor-Leste’s struggle against Indonesian occupation.

Satsuki Eda urged the Japanese people and the international community to pay attention to the tragic and dramatic situation of Timor-Leste. As a result, in 1992, the Parliament of Japan and the Congressmen of the United States called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to keep a close eye on the suffering of the Timorese people.

In 1996, the Japanese parliament handed over the petition to the Australian Prime Minister, calling to find a solution for the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste.

Satsuki Eda led the mission of the Parliament of Japan to Timor-Leste in 1999 to observe the preparation of Timor-Leste for the referendum on August 30.

Lopes thanked Satsuki Eda for his political intervention and diplomatic mission in sensitizing the Japanese people and the world to help Timor-Leste for its independence.


Journalist: Evaristo Soares Martins

Editor: Cancio Ximenes

Translator: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario


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