Shinzo Abe (1954–2022) Tribute List

December 13, 2022
Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's history, was assassinated in daylight by a gunman who walked past security guards unobstructed. His funeral, as with his political legacy, was controversial due to Abe's corruption scandal record, cronyism, Unification Church affiliation, and cost and legal basis for the state funeral. Constructively, Abe helped build a cooperative security network in East Asia, supported the Global Economic Order, spearheaded Japan's 2020 Olympic host nation selection, and commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. Conversely, his nationalism and historical negationist efforts, especially concerning WWII war crimes and the "comfort women" atrocities, threatened Japanese pacifism and damaged relations with East Asian neighbors. This tribute list consists of international newspaper and magazine articles and speech quotes.
Several other handmade weapons, similar to those used in the attack, had been confiscated after a search of the suspect's house, police officers told a news conference.
A Nara resident, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was apprehended moments after the shooting.
The New York Times
Only after firing a second shot was the assailant tackled and subdued.
The New York Times
After stepping down, he continued to wield influence as the head of the ruling party's largest faction.
Instead, many here believe one of Mr. Abe’s top priorities will likely be revising the pacifist Constitution, written by Japan’s postwar American occupiers, to permit the country to have full-fledged armed forces.
The New York Times
Abe began in the mid-nineties, when there was an effort to really socially readdress Japan’s wartime role in Asia, after the death of Emperor Hirohito, in the wake of the first “comfort women” coming forward.
The New Yorker
News of the resignation, coming just before a parliamentary debate on the issue, took many analysts by surprise.
"So in conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, my task is to look toward the future, and make Japan the second biggest emerging market in the world, and the ever more trusted partner for the region and the world."
– Shinzo Abe, Japan Is Back Speech
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday became Japan’s longest-serving leader in terms of consecutive days in office, but there was little fanfare, as he visited a hospital for another checkup amid concerns about his health.
AP News
In power for much of the past decade, Abe pushed forward what he and his allies dubbed a " proactive" vision of Japan’s place in Asia and the world.
Washington Post

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