"We are deeply saddened to learn about the death of our dear friend Shinzo Abe who served his nation with honour and contributed to strengthening the fruitful relations between the UAE and Japan. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and the people of Japan."
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, was shot dead by a 41-year-old who said nothing more than that he didn’t like Abe’s policies, on Friday morning, leaving Japan shell-shocked because the country had not witnessed a political assassination since 1960.
As is typical in Japan, where violent crime is rare and guns are scarce, security appeared to be light on Friday morning as Abe spoke at an intersection outside the Yamato-Saidaiji Station in the western city of Nara.
The incident sent shock waves through political circles and the general populace; Prime Minister Fumio Kishida slammed the shooting.
“We can’t deny that there were problems with the security plan given how things ended,” Nara prefectural police chief Tomoaki Onizuka told a news conference.
Britain greeted Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation as chairman of the Conservative Party, the first stage in his removal from the prime ministry with relief and “Bye, bye Boris,”
"Our visit to Toji temple in Kyoto, our train journey on the Shinkansen, our visit to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, the Ganga Aarati in Kashi, the elaborate tea ceremony in Tokyo, the list of our memorable interactions is indeed long," India's Prime Minister recalls fondly.
Japan’s longest-serving leader denied he had known anything about the payments, maintained innocence and pledged to work to regain public trust. The apology came after his secretary was summarily indicted over the issue and fined 1 million yen ($9,650).
Close on the heels of a meeting of Quad Foreign Ministers, the United States administration made a big push last week to elevate ties with India. Quad, short for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, is a grouping of the US, India, Japan and Australia.