Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe shot at marketing campaign occasion

The U.S. ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel, mentioned that he was shocked and saddened by information of the capturing.

“Abe-san has been an impressive chief of Japan and unwavering ally of the USA,” Emanuel mentioned in an announcement Friday. “The U.S. Authorities and American persons are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his household, and folks of Japan.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, talking from Indonesia, the place he’s attending a G-20 International Ministers’ Assembly, expressed how “deeply saddened and deeply involved we’re by the information coming from Japan, concerning the try on the lifetime of former Prime Minister Abe.”

“Our ideas, our prayers are with him and his household, with the folks of Japan,” Blinken mentioned. “It is a very, very unhappy second, and we’re awaiting information from Japan.”

Abe hails from Japan’s political elite and as prime minister had made reviving financial development by way of his “Abenomics” insurance policies a key pillar of his time in workplace.

Although Abe had been praised for amplifying Japan’s profile on the world stage, his get together was suffering from scandals and he was accused of mishandling the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Abe’s resignation two years in the past got here amid a worsening of his ulcerative colitis, a continual bowel situation he’d battled for years.

He made the announcement days after he set a document as Japan’s longest-lasting prime minister, having been in workplace for nearly eight years. He beforehand served as prime minister from 2006 to 2007.

In a publish to his Fact Social platform late Thursday, former President Donald Trump known as Abe “a very nice man and chief.”

“He was a real pal of mine and, rather more importantly, America,” Trump mentioned. “It is a large blow to the great folks of Japan, who beloved and admired him a lot. We’re all praying for Shinzo and his lovely household!”

Abe was the primary overseas chief to fulfill with Trump after he grew to become president-elect in November 2016.

Arata Yamamoto reported from Tokyo, and Jennifer Jett reported from Hong Kong.

Claire Cardona and Olivier Fabre contributed.