Wednesday, 10 August, 2022

A tribute to Shinzo Abe

We are deeply shocked and saddened at the grisly murder of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 8. His sudden death is a great loss for Japan and the world. In him, Bangladesh lost a good friend because during his tenure Bangladesh-Japan ties reached a new height. Therefore, Bangladesh stood by Japan in mourning the death of Shinzo Abe by observing one-day national mourning.

Although people across the world witnessed assassination of many high-ranking politicians, the murder of Shinzo Abe has stunned the world. It is because of the fact that when violent crimes have been surging alarmingly across the world, Japan has been considered one of the safest places on earth. Unlike in the USA, gun violence is very rare in Japan as owning a gun is extremely difficult there. According to BBC there are fewer than 10 gun-related deaths in Japan each year.

Given the low rate of crimes, security has been very relaxed in Japan. During elections, politicians hold rally in street corners, deliver speeches and shake hands with common people. Abe was delivering speech from such a rally when an assailant, taking advantage of lax security system, managed to get close and shoot him from the back with a homemade gun. As for the reasons behind the attack, prima facie information suggests that the attacker held grudges against some of Abe’s policies.

Whatever might be the reason for Abe’s assassination, the incident is a sign that, much to the anxiety of peace loving people, every corner of the world is getting increasingly violent. And thanks to the free flow of information, one incident in one part of the world is highly likely to trigger similar incident in another part of the world. We hope good sense will prevail and politicians and opinion leaders would play the leading role in curbing violence.

We offer our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies at Abe’s demise and pray for the salvation of his departed soul.