Blinken arrives in Tokyo to offer condolences for Abe

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Tokyo on Monday (11.07.2022) in a previously unscheduled stop to offer his condolences in person over the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The senior U.S. diplomat landed at the Yokota military base and first made his way to the U.S. embassy, where he led the staff in a moment of silence, a State Department official said.

Blinken would later meet with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to express condolences before returning to the United States.

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister was shot dead during a campaign rally friday in western Asia, one of the safest in the world.

Blinken, while in Bangkok on Sunday, decided to make a stop in Tokyo after the assassination of Abe, who built close relations with the United States, especially on defense.

“I think we are all still shocked by the murder, shocked by the loss to his family, his friends and the world,” Blinken told his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai, in conversations that began with a moment of silence for Abe.

“I know it’s felt deeply throughout the region, as well

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