On July 11, 2022, people will bloom at Zoujo-ji Temple, where the guard and funeral of the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be held in Tokyo. (REUTERS / Kim Kyung-Hoon)
Tokyo / Nara: Mourners flow into a temple in Tokyo to pay homage to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was killed on Monday, and his assassination masked his ruled ruling election victory. ..
After winning the election on Sunday, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen were among the hundreds awakened by Prime Minister Abe three days after being shot dead at an election rally.
The private burial of Prime Minister Abe, who resigned in 2020 and was the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japan, is scheduled for Tuesday.
“There is deep sorrow for losing him,” Yellen told reporters outside the temple, where she put incense in honor of Abe and greeted his family.
“Prime Minister Abe was a visionary leader and he strengthened Japan … I know his legacy will survive,” she added.
Prime Minister Abe’s shooting shocked a country where political violence and gun crime were rare.
According to Kyodo News, the murderer was arrested on the scene, and police said that 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami had promoted a religious group whose mother made a “huge donation.”
Known for its collective wedding and an avid supporter, the Unification Church said on Monday that the suspect’s mother was one of its members.
Neither Abe nor Yamagami were members of the church, Tomihiro Tanaka, the head of the Japanese branch, added that he would cooperate with the police if requested.
Reuters could not immediately contact Yamagami’s mother and determine if she belonged to another religious group.
In the elections held on Sunday, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its ruling coalition party expanded their majority in the Senate. Under normal circumstances, the mood of celebration at LDP headquarters has diminished, as the majority already exists in the House of Representatives.
Abe’s silent prayer remained in his memory, and Fumio Kishida remained frowned upon when he pinned the rosette next to the name of the winning candidate as a symbol of victory.
Prime Minister Abe’s death was a condolence to leaders around the world, from Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom to Prime Minister Xi Jinping of China.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Kishida during a short stopover on Monday and provided a message of support on behalf of President Joe Biden.
Vice President Lai Ching-te became the highest official in Taiwan 50 years later because of his personal visit to Tokyo in honor.
After that, several black sedans, including diplomat numbers, dropped high-ranking officials and their families at Zoujo-ji Temple in Tokyo, where the body of the former Prime Minister was located.
Dressed in black, some of the gathered people wiped their foreheads in the sultry evening air as they lined up under the stairs leading to the temple.
Part of the temple was also open to the general public who flocked to bloom. “It’s very sad that the prime minister devoted to Japan died like this,” said Naoya Okamoto, a 28-year-old construction worker.
“He was the prime minister who once again showed the world a strong Japan.”
Prime Minister Abe remained influential in the Liberal Democratic Party even after he resigned in 2020 due to poor physical condition.
The Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, the Komeito, have gained 76 of the 125 seats contested at the Chamber of Commerce, up from 69. The Liberal Democratic Party alone won 63 to 63 seats, a majority, but that alone was less than the majority.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has a very long breathing space to carry out his agenda, as no elections are scheduled for the next three years. This includes expanding defense spending and amending Japan’s pacifist constitution. This is Prime Minister Abe’s long-standing dream.
Prime Minister Abe leads the largest faction within the LDP, and analysts said his death could lead to potential turmoil within the party that could challenge Fumio Kishida’s rule. ..
Fumio Kishida said at a press conference that he hopes to discuss difficult issues that Prime Minister Abe could not solve, such as constitutional amendment, at the next parliament.
Fumio Kishida said at a press conference, “We have gained power from voters for the stable government of this country.”