By Richard Armitage

Jul 8, 2022

Armitage International expresses its deep condolences to the family and friends of Shinzo Abe and to all in Japan for this devastating tragedy.

Prime Minister Abe was a remarkable figure. He led Japan with confidence and vision. He elevated Japan on the world stage. During his tenure, he was the leader of the free world. His concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific changed the way the world looks at the region.

Mr. Abe’s leadership inspired Americans over the last decade. He was a champion of the Japan-U.S. alliance. Under his leadership, Japan took a larger international role, often setting the course from Tokyo and showing Washington the way forward.

We know that his legacy will live on.