Saturday, August 13, 2022

Assassination of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s former PM, shocks world


Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated Friday on a street in western Japan by a gunman who opened fire on him from behind as he delivered a campaign speech – an attack that stunned the nation with some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere.
The 67-year-old Abe, who was Japan’s longest-serving leader when he resigned in 2020, collapsed bleeding and was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Nara, although he was not breathing and his heart had stopped. He was later pronounced dead after receiving massive blood transfusions, officials said. Nara Medical University emergency department chief Hidetada Fukushima said Abe suffered major damage to his heart, along with two neck wounds that damaged an artery. He never regained his vital signs, Fukushima said.
Police at the shooting scene arrested Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, a former member of Japan’s navy, on suspicion of murder. Police said he used a gun that was obviously homemade – about 15 inches long – and they confiscated similar weapons and his personal computer when they raided his nearby one-room apartment. Police said Yamagami was responding calmly to questions and had admitted to attacking Abe, telling investigators he had plotted to kill him because he believed rumors about the Abe’s connection to a certain organization that police did not identify.

Shocked and saddened: PM Modi

PM Modi took to Twitter to express his sadness over the former Japan PM’s death.
“I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe. He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place,” wrote the PM.
“My association with Mr. Abe goes back many years. I had got to know him during my tenure as Gujarat CM and our friendship continued after I became PM. His sharp insights on economy and global affairs always made a deep impression on me,” he added.
Expressing his condolence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that India will observe national mourning tomorrow following former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s death.
“As a mark of our deepest respect for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, a one day national mourning shall be observed on 9 July 2022,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday condoled the death of Shinzo Abe and said he found it difficult to believe that the former Japanese prime minister was no more.
Tricolour to be flown at half-mast across India tomorrow
The national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India on Saturday on all buildings where it is flown regularly with the government announcing a day of mourning as a mark of respect to former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Abe’s killing stuns world leaders

Friday’s shocking assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in one of the world’s safest countries stunned leaders and drew condemnation, with Iran calling it an “act of terrorism” while European leaders slammed the “despicable” attack. Tributes poured in as governments expressed sorrow and solidarity with Japan over the loss of Abe, who was Japan’s longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2020 for health reasons.
US President Joe Biden said he was “stunned, outraged, and deeply saddened” and offered his condolences to Abe’s family. Biden said Friday he would stop at the Japanese embassy in Washington en route to remarks at CIA headquarters to sign a condolence book.
Leaders from Turkey to Singapore condemned the attack. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the French foreign ministry called the shooting “despicable,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “horrific” and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez “cowardly.”
“I have fond memories of meeting Mr. Abe and his wife during their visit to the United Kingdom in 2016,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a written statement. “His love for Japan, and his desire to forge ever-closer bonds with the United Kingdom, were clear.” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted his “deepest condolences to his family and the people of Japan at this difficult time.”
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol called the shooting “an intolerable criminal act,” his office said. Iran decried the shooting as “an act of terrorism.”
Jordan’s King Abdullah II said he was shocked and saddened by the attack.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed her shock about the shooting.
Leaders from Germany, Pakistan, Sweden and the Philippines were also among those who gave their condolences, and many countries including Spain and France expressed solidarity with Japan.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Abe was one of Australia’s closest friends and a “giant on the world stage,” adding that he will be greatly missed.”
Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “deeply shocked and devastated” by the “cowardly and vile assassination.”
Italian Premier Mario Draghi offered profound condolences and said Italy was embracing Abe’s family, the government and the Japanese people.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump said he hoped Abe’s killer will be dealt with “swiftly and harshly.” “Really BAD NEWS FOR THE WORLD!” he said on his social media platform.
In China however, Abe’s shooting triggered unfavorable comments from tens of thousands of nationalist citizens on social media.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China expressed sympathies with Abe’s family and that the shooting shouldn’t be linked with bilateral relations.


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