India Mourns Demise Of Ex-Japan PM Abe; PM Modi Declares National Mourning

| Updated: 08 July, 2022 3:41 pm IST

TOKYO/NEW DELHI: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe succumbed to his injuries on Friday after he was shot early in the morning.

The ex-Prime Minister was in Japan’s Nara city for a campaign speech. He was shot in the neck and the chest.

The suspect had been a member of the maritime self-defence force for a period of three years. Japan’s current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stated that the suspect’s motive was unclear.

A 41-year-old suspect has been arrested. The suspect has been identified as Yamagami Tetsuya. Later, he confessed that his attempt was to assassinate the former PM as he was frustrated by Abe’s actions.

As a mark of respect for Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter to announce a day of national mourning on July 9, 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his concern for the former Japanese PM. “Deeply distressed by the attack on my dear friend Abe Shinzo. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and the people of Japan,” he said.


Former prime minister Manmohan Singh also expressed shock at the demise of Abe. “I am deeply saddened and shocked to learn about the tragic assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” Singh said.

“He was a good friend of mine. During my tenure as Prime Minister, we worked to raise both our countries’ ties to a level of a global and strategic partnership,” he added.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to express his feelings. “The news of the attack on former PM of Japan, Shinzo Abe, is extremely shocking & unfortunate. My thoughts are with his family & supporters.”
Japan has a near “zero tolerance” of gun ownership and an extremely low rate of gun crime. The weapon used in the attack was homemade, reports say.

“Deeply shocked by the news about former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Join so many of his friends and admirers in India in praying for him and his family,” tweets External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar.


In a statement, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said, “I am shocked at the assassination of Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan.”

Talking about Abe’s relationship with the country, Gandhi said, “For many years, Abe was a great friend and well-wisher of India. He did much to expand and deepen the bilateral relationship between our two countries.”

Recalling her meeting with Abe, Gandhi said, “I recall my meeting with him very fondly and vividly. It is a huge misfortune that has befallen Japan and indeed, the entire international community. He will be sorely missed.”

India shares a strong alliance with Japan and these ties were strengthened even more during Abe’s tenure as the Japanese Prime Minister. He was the Chairman of the Japan-India Association.

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