Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with former President Tommy E. Remengesau jr. Former Prime Minister Abe was a great friend of Palau.

News of the shooting of death of the former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe came as shock to many Palauans who have read and watched the news for many years.  He was shot on the street while giving a speech in support of his party LDP candidates. 

“Shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whom I had the privilege to meet on several occasions.  A great loss to Japan and the World!,” expressed former President Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., in a tweet yesterday.

Mr. Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving prime minister of Japan, served as prime minister from 2006 to 2007 and from 2014 to 2020 when he stepped down citing health issues.

During his tenure as Prime Minister of Japan, Palau saw tremendous support from Japan in terms of public infrastructure development projects such as the $16 million new National Landfill, $28 million airport terminal improvement, $18 million dollar Koror-Airai Water Supply System Improvement, and the support former Prime Minister Abe gave to enable the $70 million dollar funding from Sasakawa Peace Foundation to the Palau National Marine Sanctuary.

In his letter of condolences to Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, former President Remengesau said “His untimely death is an atrocity and outcry loss to Palau and the world but on this dark day, his extraordinary life resonates strongly in the hearts of many countries and people he significantly impacted.”

Palau’s President Surangel Whipps Jr. visited the Japan Ambassador Karasawa at the Japan Embassy last night to convey Palau’s condolences and personally signed the condolence book expressing Palau’s sympathy to Japan for the loss of Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

A 40-year-old man, Tetsuya Yamagami, a Nara resident, has been arrested in the shooting death of former Prime Minister Abe.

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