betty July 8, 2022

SINGAPORE – Singapore leaders have expressed shock and sadness at the shooting of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Friday (July 8).

Japan Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Mr Abe was in critical condition after a man opened fire at him from behind while the former PM of Japan was giving a rally speech in Nara.

“(I am) saddened and shocked to hear about the horrific attack on former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo,” wrote President Halimah Yacob in a Facebook post.

Madam Halimah recalled how she last met Mr Abe during the enthronement ceremony of Japan’s emperor Naruhito in 2019.

“May Mr Abe, his family and the people of Japan find strength during this difficult time,” she said.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong similarly said he was deeply shocked and called the shooting “a senseless act of violence”.

PM Lee wrote on Facebook: “I am deeply shocked to learn that former Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo was shot in Nara prefecture this morning. This is a senseless act of violence. Mr Abe is in critical condition and doctors are working to save him.”

He also called Mr Abe a good friend of Singapore.

He added: “I had just hosted him to lunch in May, on my visit to Tokyo. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr Abe and his family.”