Japan's Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Assassination

             Japan's Former Prime Minister  Shinzo Abe Assassination


Japan's former prime minister, 67-year-old Shinzo Abe, has died after being shot at a campaign event in the city of Nara. Abe was at the political gathering to give his support for his former party, the Liberal Democratic Party, with upper house elections in Japan due to take place on Sunday. 


A 41-year-old man who lives in the Nara is in police custody following the assassination, and local media reports suggested he had disagreements with Abe's policies and decided to attack him.

 Shinzo Abe


Snapshot: Abe remained a powerful figure in Japan despite stepping down from the prime minister post in 2020 for health reasons.


 Not only was he the longest-serving prime minister, in 2006 and then again from 2012 to 2020, but he comes from a political family with his grandfather serving as prime minister and father holding office as a senior politician. World leaders issued their condolences overnight, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying he was "deeply saddened" on the sidelines of G20 meetings in Bali.


Prior to his death, Abe wielded significant influence over the current administration, with the most recent example emerging following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 


Shortly after Abe came out and announced that Japan needs to increase its military spending, current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida began to echo those calls. Kishida has also been working with the U.S. and its allies to put pressure on Russia, building on Abe's push to scrap Japan's pacifist constitution that has been in place since WWII.


Abenomics: On the economic front, Abe was best known for his efforts to revive Japan's economic growth through a range of hyper-easy monetary policy, fiscal spending and structural reforms. While the strategy aimed to boost productivity and lower the nation's debt over the long term, economists have recorded mixed results for the world's third-largest economy. 

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