The cancer of gun violence is spreading. The former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was felled by a cowardly assassin in the course of a campaign trail for elections to the Upper House. The 67 year old former Prime Minister who only recently laid down office on health grounds was the longest serving leader of post war Japan in his two stints in office, from 2006 to 2007 and between 2012 to 2020.
Abe was not a new comer to politics. In fact he had been groomed in political backgrounds—his grand father Nobusuke Kishi and great Uncle Eisaku Sato were former Prime Ministers and his father Shintaro Abe was the foreign minister between 1982 and 1986.