The CCCJ is shocked and saddened at the killing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. We are still struggling to grasp just how much Japan, Canada, and the world lost on July 8.
The family, friends, and colleagues of Prime Minister Abe have lost a loved one to a sudden and unforgivable act of violence. We offer them our deepest condolences.
Japan has lost a leader. Prime Minister Abe was committed both to raising the status of Japan in the world and to ensuring a global order based on democracy and the rule of law. The CCCJ mourns the loss of a leader whose values so closely matched ours, but we are comforted by Japan's continued clear commitment to democracy and a rules-based order.
The CCCJ will be sending our heartfelt condolences to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Keidanren, and the many other Japanese organizations we work with. If you would like to give input to or support the CCCJ's response, please contact us.
The depth and impact of this loss will take time to understand. The CCCJ community will do everything we can to honour Prime Minister Abe's legacy.