Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese prime minister, was shot by a gunman as he was appearing at a campaign event.
Shinzo Abe sudden death sent shockwaves throughout the country, where shootings and deadly violence are rare.
The 67-year-old was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. He held office twice, from 2006 to 2007 to 2012 and then again in 2020.
The grief and sorrow of the world leaders who were with Abe when he was prime minister expressed by them.
World leaders reaction on Shinzo Abe death
My friend Abe Shinzo was killed and shot while campaigning. This shocks me deeply. This is a terrible tragedy for Japan, and all those who knew him.
I had the honor of working closely with Prime Minister Abe. As Vice President, he visited me in Tokyo and I welcomed him to Washington.
He was a champion for the Alliance between our countries and the friendship among our people. His vision of an Indo-Pacific free and open to all will be remembered as the longest-serving Japanese Prime Minster.
He was a deeply caring person who gave his entire life to the Japanese people. Even though he was being attacked, he continued to work for democracy.
We know that violence is unacceptable and that gun violence leaves deep scars on those who are affected. In this time of sorrow, the United States stands by Japan. His family is my deepest sympathy.
Trump wrote on Truth Social that Abe’s death was “really bad news for the world!” “:
This is really bad news for the world! Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese Prime Minister, is dead.
He was assassinated. His killer was captured. He will be dealt with quickly and severely. Many people don’t know the extent of Shinzo Abe’s leadership and greatness, but history will show them.
He was unifying like no one else, but he loved and cherished Japan. Shinzo Abe is going to be missed. There will be no one like him!
Barack Obama, former president, said that he was shocked and saddened by the assassination his friend.
The assassination in Japan of Shinzo Abe, my friend and long-time partner, has shocked and saddened me.
Former Prime Minister Abe was dedicated to Japan and the exceptional alliance between the United States of Japan.
I will never forget the hard work we did to strengthen our alliance and the touching experience of travelling to Hiroshima, Pearl Harbor, and Akie Abe’s grace shown to Michelle and me.
Michelle and I offer our deepest condolences for the Japanese people. We are thinking of them at this difficult time.
Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Prime Minister, wrote on Twitter that Abe showed her kindness when she came into power in 2017.
I was so shocked to learn about the former PM of Japan-Shinzo abe. He was the leader I first met when I became PM. He was a deeply committed man, but he was also generous and kind.
My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, as well as the Japanese people. We are all shaken by events like these.
Boris Johnson, the outgoing British Prime Minister, said that the news was “incredibly tragic”
It is shocking to hear about Shinzo Abe. Many will remember his global leadership in uncharted times. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the Japanese people. We stand with you in this sad and dark time.
Emmanuel Macron, the French President, sent condolences to the French people.
French people send their condolences to Japanese authorities and people following the assassination Shinzo Abe. Japan is losing a great prime Minister who gave his life for his country and tried to bring about balance in the world.
Antonio Guterres was the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He said that the killing was “horrific”.
The shocking killing of Shinzo Abe (ex-Prime Minister of Japan), has deeply affected me.
I had the honor of knowing him for many years and will always remember his friendship and commitment to multilateralism.
My condolences go out to his family and the Japanese people & Government.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he was “saddened beyond all words” by the loss of one of his closest friends. He declared a national day for mourning.
Shinzo Abe, one of my closest friends, has died tragically. He was a formidable global leader and administrator, as well as a great global statesman.
His life was dedicated to making Japan and the rest of the world a better place. My relationship with Mr. Abe dates back many years. My tenure as Gujarat CM was a time when I got to know him.
Our friendship continued after my election as PM. His insightful insights about economy and global affairs have always left a lasting impression on me.
I was able to meet with Mr. Abe once again during my recent trip to Japan and we discussed many issues.
As always, he was as witty and wise as ever. It was our last meeting, I didn’t know. His family and Japanese people are my deepest condolences.
His immense contributions to India-Japan relations have elevated them to the status of a Special Strategic and Global Partnership. Today, India mourns Japan.
We stand with our Japanese sisters and brothers in this difficult time. A one-day national mourning will be observed on the 9th of July 2022 as a token of our deepest gratitude to former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, wrote on Twitter that Canada had lost “a great ally”
@AbeShinzo was assassinated. It is shocking and deeply disturbing. The world has lost an amazing visionary, while Canada has lost a dear friend. As Japan mourns this loss, my thoughts are with Akie, his wife. My friend, you’ll be missed.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II sent Emperor Naruhito a condolence message.
We were all deeply shocked to learn of the tragic and sudden death of Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister.
I still have fond memories of my meeting with Mr Abe and his wife in the United Kingdom during their 2016 visit.
His love for Japan and his desire for closer ties with the United Kingdom were evident. To his family and the Japanese people, I offer my deepest sympathies and condolences.