The Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Palau is deeply saddened to inform the people of Palau that on July 8, 2022, former Prime Minister of Japan ABE Shinzo passed away as the result of a sudden, outrageous act.

On the evening of July 9, 2022, President Surangel S. Whipps Jr and former President Thomas Remengesau Jr. signed the condolence book for former Prime Minister Abe at the Embassy of Japan in the presence of Japanese Ambassador KARASAWA Akira.

In the book, President Whipps wrote, “on behalf of the People of Palau, we express our deep sadness for tragic loss of Prime Minister Abe. Prime Minister Abe was a visionary leader, a dedicated public servant and leader that we all looked up to. He promoted freedom & democracy and was dedicated to a free and open Indo-Pacific. We thank him for promote peace and prosperity in the pacific and deepening the relationship and partnership between the People of Palau and Japan. We will miss him greatly and express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and People of Japan. Rest in Peace!”

Former President and Mrs. Remengesau wrote, “The World, Japan, and those of us close to Japan truly mourn the loss of this GREAT Leader and friend of Palau. We will never forget your friendship and warm regards for Palau. Rest in Peace, My friend.” Also, they shared with Ambassador Karasawa their memories of their interactions with Prime Minister Abe and expressed their sympathies for the bereaved family, including Mrs. Abe.

The Embassy set up a book of condolence, which is available to the public to sign both Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 12 from 9:00am – 12:00noon and 1:00pm – 4:30pm at the Embassy located in the Palau Pacific Resort, Ngerkebesang, Koror.

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