Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed sorrow over the damage caused by the fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, and said the Japanese stand in solidarity with the French people.
In a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, Abe said the cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a symbol of Paris and is beloved by people throughout the world.
Tasuku Honjo, from Japan who jointly won this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with American, James Allison, has expressed gratitude to his research colleagues, students and many others, including his family for their support.
Honjo, a distinguished professor at Kyoto University, spoke to reporters on Monday after hearing the news.
On the April 28th broadcast of TV Asahi's information program 'Gekkan News Leader,' TOKIO leader Joshima Shigeru commented on the recent incident involving fellow member Yamaguchi Tatsuya.
At the beginning of the program, Joshima apologized, "I am terribly sorry for the trouble that TOKIO's Yamaguchi Tatsuya has caused after being investigated for indecent assault. To the victim and family, please accept my sincere apology."