President Biden on Friday said he was “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened” to hear about the fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

In a statement released by the White House, Biden said, “This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him.”

“He was a champion of the Alliance between our nations and the friendship between our people,” the president added. 

FILE - Vice President Joe Biden meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 26, 2014, in New York City. 

FILE – Vice President Joe Biden meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 26, 2014, in New York City. 
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

JAPAN’S SHINZO ABE SHOT AND KILLED: WORLD LEADERS PAY TRIBUTE TO FORMER PRIME MINISTER

Biden worked with the former Japanese prime minister for five years during his tenure as vice president 2009 to 2017.

FILE - Vice President Joe Biden toasts Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe as he co-hosts a luncheon with U.S. Secretary John Kerry in honor of Japan on April 28, 2015, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.  

FILE – Vice President Joe Biden toasts Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe as he co-hosts a luncheon with U.S. Secretary John Kerry in honor of Japan on April 28, 2015, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.  
(PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Shinzo was the longest-serving prime minister for Japan and held the post for eight consecutive years beginning in 2012.

Check back on this developing story.



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