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Will His Successor Carry Out Shinzo Abe’s Legacy? | GZERO Media

Shinzo Abe’s goal of militarization & PM Kishida’s “golden opportunity” to reform Japan

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has vowed to continue where his ex-boss, the late Shinzo Abe, left off. And he just got the parliamentary majority he needs to get big things done — including, perhaps, tweaking the constitution like Abe long dreamed of.

"Kishida now [has a] golden opportunity," Tomohiko Taniguchi, Abe's former adviser and close friend, tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World.

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Assassinated! Japan’s Grief & How Shinzo Abe’s Goals Will Shape Asia | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Assassinated! Japan’s grief & how Shinzo Abe’s goals will shape Asia

How will the shocking assassination of Shinzo Abe, Japan's former and longest-serving prime minister, reshape the country and the broader region?

And will it lead to realizing Abe's unfulfilled dream of amending Japan's postwar pacifist constitution?

On GZERO World, Ian Bremmer speaks to longtime Abe adviser Tomohiko Taniguchi, who shares how he felt when he found out his close friend had died.

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Ian Explains: A History of Political Assassinations in Japan | GZERO World

Japan’s history of political assassinations

The shocking assassination a week ago of former Prime Minister Shinzo has rattled Japan, where such acts of political violence are now extremely rare — but were once common.

In 1932, the head of government was killed by army cadets in an attempted coup. In 1960, Abe's own grandfather, also then-PM, survived a knife attack. Japan's last high-profile assassination occurred that same year, when a socialist politician was stabbed to death on national television.

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The Impact of Shinzo Abe's Assassination on Japan's Future | GZERO Media

How Shinzo Abe's positive legacy could shape Japan's future

How will the shocking murder of former PM Shinzo Abe affect Japan moving forward?

In past national tragedies, especially the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, longtime Abe adviser and close friend Tomohiko Taniguchi says that the "outpouring of sympathies and empathies from abroad helped a lot."

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In Slain Shinzo Abe, His Longtime Aide Lost a Friend | GZERO Media

Mourning, disbelief & anger at the death of Japan’s Shinzo Abe

When Tomohiko Taniguchi learned that former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe had been killed, he felt many things, but first his thoughts turned to the man who took the life of his ex-boss and mentor.

"I was filled with a lot of but different emotions all at the same time," he tells Ian Bremmer on GZERO World. "Disbelief, grief, [but] the strongest emotion, of course, was anger."

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Podcast: As Japan reels: examining Shinzo Abe’s legacy & Japan’s future with his friend and adviser

Listen: Japan is reeling from the shocking assassination of Shinzo Abe, Japan's former and longest-serving prime minister. On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer speaks to longtime Abe adviser Tomohiko Taniguchi, who discusses the impact of Abe's legacy on the country and the broader region. Will Abe's unfulfilled dream of amending Japan's postwar pacifist constitution now be realized?

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Shinzo Abe Assassinated: Japan’s “JFK” Moment | Quick Take | GZERO Media

Japan’s “JFK” moment: Shinzo Abe assassinated

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi, everybody, Ian Bremmer here. And I'm very sad to be talking about this shocking tragedy in one of the world's most stable democracies, the assassination of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Gun violence in a country that experiences virtually none of it. The assassination of the country's longest serving prime minister. It is a JFK moment for Japan, maybe even bigger.

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Japan's former PM Shinzo Abe.

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Japan’s Shinzo Abe assassinated

Japan is reeling after its longest-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 67, was assassinated Friday while delivering a speech in the city of Nara, 10 miles east of Osaka.

Abe was shot in the neck while campaigning for a Liberal Democratic Party colleague ahead of Sunday’s elections for Japan’s upper house of Parliament. After receiving a blood transfusion over several hours, the former PM, who served two stints before resigning two years ago due to a health condition, was pronounced dead.

“Abe’s return to be prime minister in 2012, after his failed stint in 2006-2007, is a remarkable comeback story by any measure," says David Boling, Eurasia Group's Japan program director. This was a particularly big deal in Japan because the country "is not usually considered to be a 'second chance’ society," Boling explains. "Abe was able to return to the premiership for a second chance through his grit, focus, and determination.”

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