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Japan’s Shinzo Abe dead: Biden ‘stunned, outraged’ over assassination

President Biden on Friday said he was “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened” to hear about the fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

In a statement released by the White House, Biden said, “This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him.”

“He was a champion of the Alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people,” the president added. 


Biden worked with the former Japanese prime minister for five years during his tenure as vice president 2009 to 2017.

FILE - Vice President Joe Biden toasts Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe as he co-hosts a luncheon with U.S. Secretary John Kerry in honor of Japan on April 28, 2015, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.  

Abe was the longest-serving prime minister for Japan and held the post for eight consecutive years beginning in 2012.

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