Shinzo Abe -World Has Lost a Great Leader – India Lost a Great Friend

  • Abe will be remembered as nationalist, who worked closely with key global leaders in securing Global Interest and peaceful Indo Pacific
  • Relationship between India and Japan significantly improved during his administration
  • World has lost a great leader and visionary & India has lost a great friend

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Shinzo Abe was assassinated while speaking at a parliamentary campaign event in Nara. In the midst of a fast-changing geopolitical shift, the former Japanese prime minister helped to reshape Japanese policies in the Indo-Pacific, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a global leader.

From 2012 through 2020 was Shinzo Abe’s tenure as prime minister. He is regarded as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Even without a formal title, he continued to lead the largest faction in the Japanese parliament and be one of the most influential figures in Japanese politics when he departed office in 2020.

Abe will be remembered as nationalist, who worked closely with key U.S. President including George W Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump as well as Joe Biden for architecting alliances and futuristic Japanese policies Intending to safeguard Japan’s National interest from mounting threat posed by China. He had an internationalist view of Japan’s interests, as part of a collective alliance with other democracies.

Abe envisioned a robust, democratically safe Pacific region. In order to support India’s civil nuclear programme, he pushed Australia to supply uranium to India. Abe helped establish the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue in 2007 and played a key role in deepening Japan’s security ties with India, Australia, and the United States.

Since the Australian government opted to sell uranium to India in 2012 despite India not being a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, relations between India and Australia have strengthened. 2014 saw the formalisation of this through a bilateral agreement. In September 2014, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Prime Minister Modi signed a document on civil nuclear cooperation, paving the stage for prospective uranium deliveries to India. Abe played a key role in strengthening India Australia friendship and had a vision that Taiwan was a crucial security interest for democracies around the World as well as in the Indo-Pacific.

Abe and Prime Minister Modi enjoyed a great friendship. He had a close relationship with India. The relationship between India and Japan significantly improved during his administration. The Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project, the Quad Partnership, the Indo-Japan nuclear accord, etc. were some of the significant partnerships created during his presidency. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian honour, in 2021 for his remarkable and distinguished service in the sphere of public affairs.

On Friday morning, Abe spoke at a place near the Yamato-Saidaiji Station in the western city of Nara. Security seemed to be lax. At 11:30 local time, he was shot from behind and collapsed to the ground after hearing two shots.

Guns are rare and violent crimes are uncommon in Japan. After shooting the former premier, Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old male, was promptly taken into custody. The attacker had previously served in Japan’s marine forces.

World has lost a great leader and visionary & India has lost a great friend.

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