July 9, 2022

I would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the people of Japan, following the shocking assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he was giving a speech on a street in Nara, Japan. Police arrested the alleged shooter, who reportedly had built a homemade gun.

Tributes are pouring in from leaders worldwide, including this statement from former President Trump, which was sent before news came that Abe had died: "Absolutely devastating news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, a truly great man and leader, has been shot, and is in very serious condition. He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America. This is a tremendous blow to the wonderful people of Japan, who loved and admired him so much. We are all praying for Shinzo and his beautiful family!"

Mike Pence tweeted that "Abe-san was a remarkable leader of Japan and an unshakeable ally of the U.S.” This is a breaking story. There are more details at the link above, and more updates coming.