Statement from BCCJ President, Richard Lyle on Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Written by BCCJ
July 8, 2022


Written by BCCJ
July 8, 2022

The BCCJ and its membership were shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news of the shooting and passing away of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today (Friday, July 8). We all love Japan as it is such a safe place to live, so the nature of this event is especially shocking.

Former Prime Minister Abe will be sadly missed. He was a friend and ally to the UK and his vision and policies helped to nurture and strengthen the relationship between the two countries. His focus on more opportunities for women was especially welcomed and we hope that his legacy will be continued progress in this area.

Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

Richard Lyle
President of the BCCJ


A book of condolence for the late former Prime Minister of Japan will be placed on the ground floor lobby in the Embassy of Japan in London at the following times.

Date: Monday 11 July and Tuesday 12 July from 9:30am to 5:00pm
Place: Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7JT
*There is no parking at the Embassy.
*Please bring a form of photographic identification to enter the Embassy (such as passport or driving licence).

Alternatively, the Embassy of Japan UK is also welcoming messages of condolence to be sent via email until 12 July. If BCCJ members / friends have any personal messages or memories they would like to share, please do so following the details below.

Email address: [email protected]
(1) Subject Line “Condolences: Former PM Abe”
(2) Name
(3) Title and organisation, if applicable
(4) Message