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Suspect Who Shot At Former Japan PM Shinzo Abe Hailed As “Hero” In China

The Chinese nationalists on Weibo began to celebrate the attack on Abe, called the attacker a “hero” and sent death wishes to the ex-PM Abe. The Japanese leader has been tagged as the ‘chief’ anti-China politician in Japan. But why?

Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo
Japan’s former prime minister died at the age of 67 on Friday. (Image: ANI/File)

The news of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe being shot at twice at an event in Nara while delivering a speech sent shockwaves across the globe. Several world leaders reacted to the news, calling for a thorough investigation.

However, the Chinese nationalists on Weibo have begun to celebrate the attack on Abe, called the attacker a “hero” and sent death wishes to the ex-PM Abe.

According to Statista Research Department, In 2021, the number of reported cases involving damage caused by firing of firearms in Japan amounted to 10 cases. Although numbers can fluctuate erratically from year to year, this continues a general downward trend after the decade-high was reached in 2013 with 40 criminal cases of guns being shot.

Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun related deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. Getting a gun license is a long and complicated process even for Japanese citizens, who, at first, would require recommendation from a shooting association and then would undergo strict police checks.

Why Is Abe Called A ‘Chief’ Anti-China Politician In Japan?

The Japanese leader has been tagged as the ‘chief’ anti-China politician in Japan. But why?

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, held office for one year in 2006 and again then again from 2012 to 2020 before he was forced to step down.

After Abe stepped down, he became more unrestrained in unleashing his anti-China energy. He attacked China, repeated provocations over the Taiwan question.

When he attended the Taiwan-US-Japan Trilateral Indo-Pacific Security Dialogue via video link, the former Japanese leader said that Taiwan must be a leader among democracies. He further said that there was a threat to Taiwan and its democracy, which is “a dire challenge to all of us, especially to Japan.”

Abe made absurd claims stating, when the US, Japan and other partners brought together their democratic power, “an adventure in military affairs, if pursued by such a huge economy like China’s, could be suicidal to say the least.”

Later, Abe claimed that “a Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency,” threatening that it would be an “economic suicide” for Beijing if the mainland launches a reunification by force. This definitely was not the first incident, Abe has quite frequently opposed China in public.

Japanese right-wing politicians represented by Abe hold deep hostility toward China. They do not reflect on the history of Japan’s invasion of China but hate today’s China.

Japan wants to cooperate with the US’ suppression against China’s rise and recover Japan’s past glory to lead Asia’s economic and comprehensive strength and revive their Great Asian ambition.

The tweets prove that the Chinese nationalists chose to disagree with the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s offer of maintaining peace, when he said, “the two countries must take the opportunity of next year, which marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China relations, to establish a constructive and stable relationship.”

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