Biden said he is “outraged” by the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“This is a tragedy for Japan and for everyone who knew it,” Biden said in a statement.
Abe, 67, was fatally shot Friday while making a speech at a campaign event in Japan.
President Joe Biden on Friday condemned the Assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abesaying he is “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened” by the 67-year-old’s death.
“This is a tragedy for Japan and everyone who knew it,” Biden he said in a statement.
Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was fatally shot Friday while making a speech at a campaign event in the western Japanese city of Nara.
Authorities quickly arrested a 41-year-old suspect at the scene.
Biden called Abe “a champion of the Alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people.”
“Above all, he cared deeply for the Japanese people and dedicated his life to serving them,” the US president said.
Biden added: “Even at the time he was attacked, he was committed to the work of democracy.”
“While there are many details that we do not yet know, we know that violent attacks are never acceptable and that gun violence always leaves a deep scar on the communities affected by it,” Biden said.
He continued: “The United States stands with Japan in this time of pain. I send my deepest condolences to his family.”
Former President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president, said in a statement on Twitter that he is “shocked and saddened by the murder of my friend and colleague Shinzo Abe in Japan.”
Abe “was as dedicated to the country he served as he was to the extraordinary alliance between the United States and Japan,” Obama said.
Japanese police have identified the Shooting Suspect as Yamagami Tetsuya.
Authorities said the suspect told police he believed Abe was linked to a group he hated, according to multiple media outlets. reported.
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