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Biden Sent Condolence to Japan Ex-PM Abe’s Family, Blinken Says

  • Blinken visits Prime Minister Kishida in brief stop in Tokyo
  • Former premier Abe was a staunch supporter of alliance with US
Antony Blinken at the office of Japan’s prime minister in Tokyo on July 11.
Antony Blinken at the office of Japan’s prime minister in Tokyo on July 11.Photographer: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a letter of condolence from President Joe Biden to the family of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot at a campaign rally on Friday.

Blinken met current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday in a brief stop in Tokyo en route to the US, telling reporters Biden personally asked him to extend his sympathies.