For the past 12 hours, the Japanese Consulate in Miami has been in disarray. The phones ring. People come in. The consul general is informed of the latest developments.
Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot twice in the neck while delivering a speech at an election campaign rally in Nara, a city near Osaka. The attacker used a homemade weapon in a country that only reports about 10 gun-related deaths a year.
Abe served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020.
“Here in Miami, we are very shocked and saddened to hear the news,” Consul General Kazuhiro Nakai said.
Abe has made a major contribution to strengthening Japan’s global role and promoting the US-Japan alliance, Nakai said.
To sign the condolence book
The Consulate will offer a book of condolences at the Consulate, located on the 32nd floor of 80 SW Eighth St. in Miami, on Fridays until 5:00 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“We have lost a great leader,” Nakai said.
This report will be updated.
This story was originally published July 8, 2022 12:13 p.m.