Former PM Shinzo Abe’s Body Returned Home

The body of the former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, has been returned home to his family after being delivered to his private residence in Tokyo following his death on Friday.

Abe, who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2012 to 2020, was remembered for his leadership during the country’s recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. He also played an instrumental role in strengthening ties between Japan and the United States.

According to local reports, Abe’s body was transported in a black hearse adorned with flowers from the Keio University Hospital, where he had been receiving treatment for a recurring illness. The hearse made its way through Tokyo streets lined with mourners paying their respects to the former leader.

The government of Japan has announced that a state funeral will be held for Abe, with details to be released at a later date.

Reaction to Abe’s Passsing

  • “We have lost a great leader who devoted his life to Japan and its people.” – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
  • “Shinzo Abe gave his everything to take on difficult challenges while promoting Japan’s interests.” – Former US President Donald Trump
  • “I extend my deepest condolences to the people of Japan and to the family of the late Shinzo Abe.” – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Abe’s Legacy

Abe’s death has sparked a wave of nostalgia among many in Japan who remember his leadership during challenging times. His government was also instrumental in promoting economic reform, creating jobs, and boosting tourism.

However, Abe was not without his critics, who accused him of endorsing right-wing nationalism and failing to address Japan’s demographic challenges, including an aging population and declining birth rates.

Despite this, Abe’s legacy is likely to be remembered as one of stability and growth during a time of significant global uncertainty.