Shinzo Abe, 67 year old Japan’s longest-serving leader was shot dead on 8 July 2022 in the western city of Nara while campaigning for a parliamentary election.

Shinzo Abe, who served two stints as prime minister from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020, was shot twice on 8th July 2022 when a man opened fire against him when he was giving a speech in the city of Nara in western Japan, where he was campaigning for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ahead of legislative elections to be held on 10th July 2022.

India will observe a day of mourning for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 9 July 2022 as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former PM Manmohan Singh and leaders across the globe condoled the loss of a Abe.

Abe was conferred with prestigious Padma Vibhushan in 2021. Jawaharlal Nehru University had conferred him with doctrate degree in 2015.

 Abe played an instrumental role in building internation relations with the Pacific countries and his contributions in the international organisations such as Quad, the ASEAN-led forums, the Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative, the India-Japan Development Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, including Africa and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure was well honoured.

Shinzo Abe – an outstanding leader of Japan, a towering global statesman, and a great champion of India-Japan friendship – is not among us anymore. Japan and the world have lost a great visionary. And, I have lost a dear friend.

PM Shri. Narendra Modi

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