Japan: Assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

While hosting a meeting that was part of the Senate election campaign, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was the victim of a gun attack.

The youngest Japanese prime minister of the post-war period died of his injuries at the university hospital in the city of Nara in the western region of Japan.

Aged 67, Shinzo Abe will leave behind him the image of a reformist politician who has survived many perilous episodes in the political and financial life of the land of the rising sun.

A fervent defender of the Japanese nation, Abe has indeed greatly contributed to the repositioning of Japan on the world political chessboard. According to the first investigations carried out by the Japanese police, the shooter is a former soldier in the Japanese maritime self-defense force.

An assassination which arouses the indignation of the Japanese population and which opens the debate as to the subject of obtaining a license to carry a weapon.

The reactions of the international community

A shrewd and visionary politician, the assassin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has not gone unnoticed by the international community.

In a Kremlin statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin wished courage to the family of the former Japanese prime minister in a condolence letter to Abe’s parents and his widow.

For its part, the US administration, through Senator Anthony Blinken, has described Abe as “a visionary leader” who succeeded in cementing US-Japan relations during his two terms.

In Europe, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, denounces “a cowardly and brutal murder” against the Japanese statesman.

In India, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has decided to honor the memory of his Japanese counterpart by decreeing a day of national mourning.

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