My condolences to his wife Abe Akie and the people of Japan on the passing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shindo Abe at 17:03 on July 8, 22nd Japan time, aged 67.
Mr. Abe has visited Vietnam 4 times during his 8 years as Prime Minister of Japan. In 2014, he chose Vietnam as the first country to visit after taking office as prime minister of Japan for the second time.
“I attach special importance to relations with Vietnam, that’s why I chose Vietnam as one of the four countries I visited earlier this year,” Abe said at an international press conference on January 16, 2017.
Former Prime Minister Abe died on July 8 at the age of 67 at Nara Medical University Hospital, Nara Prefecture, after being assassinated while giving a speech. After receiving the sad news of the passing of former Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzō, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, has sent a letter of condolence to Mr. Abe Shinzō’s wife and family.
In a letter to Ms. Abe Akie, His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his infinite sorrow and deep condolences for the loss of his family and the country of Japan; he wrote:
“I am very sad to hear that my friend, former Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has passed away following a gun attack this morning. I pray for him and offer my condolences to her and her family members.
As you well know, her late husband was a faithful friend of the Tibetan people. I greatly appreciate this friendship and your support for our efforts to preserve our rich Buddhist cultural identity and heritage.”
At the end of the letter, His Holiness the Dalai Lama commented: “Former Prime Minister Abe really lived a meaningful life taking care of others.”