The funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will commence in Tokyo today, days after being gunned down in
The funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will commence in Tokyo today, days after being gunned down in a rare act of Japanese political.
Abe was Japan’s longest-serving PM, beforein August 2021 due to health issues. He was among the Japanese public for his attempts at reviving the stagnating economy—with his —and internationally for the rules-based order, co-founding the and challenging China’s assertiveness. But, he was also a polarizing figure. Abe strengthened Japan’s military and wanted to the country’s pacifist constitution. His historical and refusal to acknowledge Japan’s wartime atrocities made him unpopular in and deeply resented in .
Despite having stepped down from the role of prime minister last year, Abe still had a great impact on the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) until his death. His assassination was a major reason for the LDP’s success in upper houselast Sunday, in which the ruling coalition gained a . This will likely result in stronger national security legislation even paving the way for a further dismantling of Japan’s pacifist policies. Still, his death may lead to a power vacuum within the LDP, due to his outstanding influence.
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