Statement On The Assassination of Shinzo Abe

We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the people of Japan who are grieving Mr. Abe’s tragic assassination.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent brief remarks to two separate online ‘Rally of Hope’ events in the past year, which spoke on themes of peace in Asia. The events were hosted by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and other organizations, including FFWPU.

We can confirm that Mr. Tetsuya Yamagami, the shooter, is not a member of FFWPU, nor do any of our records show a past affiliation. However, his mother is a member of FFWPU and participates occasionally in church activities. Whatever his grievances, we wholeheartedly condemn violence and murder.

As an organisation, we have made the effort to pay our respects to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, by visiting our local Japanese Embassies.

Once again, FFWPU joins in heart and solidarity with noble men and women from around the world in expressing sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and to the people of Japan on the sudden and tragic passing of Prime Minister Abe. We pray that the grace and blessings of God be with Prime Minister Abe.

“I always respected him as a good politician who really cared about the nation and the world. And I saw that his wife was grateful to him, that he was a good husband.

“He was a man who liked to make people laugh. When I heard of his sudden death, it was very difficult, but after visiting the Japanese Embassy and writing a letter of gratitude to him in the condolence book, I felt a little bit comforted. But I am still praying for his friends and family who are struggling with his loss.” – Fumiko Balcomb

The photos above are of our members offering their condolences.

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