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A Japanese leader falls to a gun

Japan is known for many things and one of it being the country’s toughest gun laws that makes it practically impossible to own a weapon without undergoing an elaborate and rigorous procedure in which there are no short cuts

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Official Residence in Chiyoda Ward, Tōkyō Metropolis on April 7, 2020. (Source: Wiki Commons)

The cancer of gun violence is spreading. The former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was felled by a cowardly assassin in the course of a campaign trail for elections to the Upper House. The 67 year old former Prime Minister who only recently laid down office on health grounds was the longest serving leader of post war Japan in his two stints in office, from 2006 to 2007 and between 2012 to 2020.

The temple town Varanasi, also Modi’s parliamentary constituency, welcomed Abe with cultural extravaganza and traditional classical music. They were welcomed with a shehnai recital by President award winner Ikhlaq Hussain and his brother Zakir. (Source: PIB)

Abe was not a new comer to politics. In fact he had been groomed in political backgrounds—his grand father Nobusuke Kishi and great Uncle Eisaku Sato were former Prime Ministers and his father Shintaro Abe was the foreign minister between 1982 and 1986.

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