Justin Trudeau to attend Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's funeral

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Justin Trudeau will attend the funeral of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will travel to Japan next weekend to attend the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Prime Minister's Office indicates that Mr. Trudeau will be in Japan from September 24 to 28 to pay his last respects to the one he considered a faithful friend and ally of our country.

Shinzo Abe, a polarizing ultraconservative and one of his country's most influential politicians, died on July 8 after being shot during a speech in western Japan.

The 67-year-old was shot from behind just minutes into his speech. He was rushed to hospital by helicopter, but was later pronounced dead.

Mr. Trudeau said he was deeply shocked and saddened when news of the former Japanese prime minister's assassination was confirmed.

Prime Minister Trudeau hosted Prime Minister Abe in Canada in 2019. The two have worked together at the G7, G20, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and other international forums.

< p class="e-p">During his visit to Japan, Mr. Trudeau will also meet with the current Japanese Prime Minister, Kishida Fumio, to reaffirm and strengthen the strategic partnership between Canada and Japan.

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