Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan is assassinated

Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan is assassinated: Shinzo Abe, a nationalist who held the position of former Japanese prime minister for the longest period of time before resigning in 2020, was fatally shot on Friday during a campaign event.

At the scene of the shooting, police tackled and arrested the alleged shooter. This shocked many people in Japan, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the world.

The country’s current prime minister, Fumio Kishida, told the reporters, “It is savage and nasty and it cannot be condoned.”

Abe, 67, was prime minister in 2006 and 2007, and then again from 2012 to 2020, before abruptly stepping down in the face of health problems. Even after leaving office, he continued to play a significant role in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which is currently in power in Japan.

Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan is assassinated
Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan is assassinated

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He was shot from behind by a man brandishing what looked to be a handmade gun while he was in the southwest Japanese city of Nara campaigning for a parliamentary election.

In the attack’s video, Abe is seen speaking into a microphone while standing when two loud bullets are fired.

Hidetada Fukushima, head of the emergency department at Nara Medical University, claimed that in addition to the two neck wounds that ruptured an artery and resulted in significant bleeding, Abe also had serious heart damage.

The suspect spent three years in the 2000s serving in Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to the national broadcaster NHK.

Worldwide condolences have been sent.

In a statement, the White House expressed its “horror and sadness” over the attack. The assassination was deemed “profoundly upsetting” by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is in Asia for a conference of the Group of 20 foreign ministers. Blinken also praised Abe as a visionary leader.

Abe was referred to as “a towering global statesman, an extraordinary leader, and a wonderful administrator” by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On Twitter, he declared that India would observe a day of national mourning on July 9.

Abe was referred to as an “exceptional statesman” by Russian President Vladimir Putin and simply as Japan’s “most prominent post-war leader” by former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Abe was unable to change the constitution of Japan.

As prime minister, Abe oversaw a programme that became known as “Abenomics,” which aimed to strengthen and restructure the economy while also working to challenge China’s growing influence.

While Abe changed immigration laws while in office, more women entered the work force, and the Japanese economy unexpectedly resumed strong growth.

In the end, he and his party failed to realise their most important political objective, which was to change Japan’s pacifist constitution following World War II. Abe’s suggested changes would downplay the importance of human rights while bolstering the government’s emergency powers. Abe believed that some Japanese traditions, such as respect for the emperor, were at odds with the political norms enforced by the constitution supported by the United States.

However, Abe was successful in getting legislation that permits Japan’s military to increase its activities abroad in support of allies like the United States, passed in 2015.

Abe has criticised China more forcefully in recent months

When he departed office, the majority of Japanese felt he handled the coronavirus pandemic poorly, moving too slowly to declare a state of emergency, primarily due to worries about the economy.

Abe has criticised China more forcefully in recent months. He demanded earlier this year that the United States end its long-standing “strategic ambiguity” policy and assure Taiwan that it could rely on American support in the event of a Chinese invasion.

The fact that he asserted that “a Taiwan contingency is a Japan contingency” and noted that it would be hard for Japan to avoid becoming involved in a fight over the autonomous island, which Beijing views as a part of China, further enraged China.

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