US ambassador to Japan calls Shinzo Abe a ‘visionary’ and said his killing is ‘a shock to the culture’


The US ambassador to Japan says the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left the country horrified.

“It’s a shock all over the world, but it’s clearly a shock here in Japan, not just because gun violence is so rare,” Rahm Emanuel said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. “But also, you know, this is a nation that is an island, and a lot of what afflicts other countries is immune and feels immune. It is a very trusting society.

“Having something like that is a total shock to the system, a shock to the culture,” Emanuel continued.

abe was shot and killed while giving a speech outside a train station in Nara on Friday. Japanese authorities said Abe was shot in the neck and was also bleeding from the left side of his chest, Insider reported. A 41-year-old man, identified as Yamagami Tetsuya, was arrested and during interrogation, he reportedly he told police that he was “dissatisfied with former Prime Minister Abe and aimed to kill him”.

“The United States stands with Japan in this time of pain,” Biden said. “I send my deepest condolences to his family.”

During an interview with ABC, Emanuel touted Abe as “a visionary who had a vision and a sense of where he was going, where he wanted to take Japan, where he wanted to take the region.”

“He is a great figure who has dominated the political scene here for more than a decade,” Emanuel said. “I could tell you this hasn’t been totally absorbed by society or politics. People walk around with a sense of disbelief.”

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