THE WORLD “LOSES” TWO LEADERS
WITHIN DAYS, the world lost two leaders – Japan’s two-time Prime Minister SI IINZO ABE and British Prime Minister BORIS “Bojo” JOHNSON.
Abe was murdered in the city of Nara while giving a political speech while Boris quit after a busload of 60 of his deputies quit – making up 50% of the payroll – in a graphic vote of ” mistrust” due to scandals and conflicts of interest haunting the Boris administration.
Much of the free world was in mourning except China who resents Japan’s new non-pacifist constitution and its alliance with the West and Russia which calls “Bojo” Johnson – a “dumb clown” and the main “supporter of the West in the war in Ukraine”. against Russia.
Abe was a much-loved charismatic diplomat with shrewd political instincts (son of a former Japanese minister himself) while the leader of Britain’s Conservative Party (Boris) was a golden-haired agitator (which flew here and there) who contrasted with the elegant aristocracy of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the fiery eloquence of labor leader Tony Blair.
During World War II, Japan and the United Kingdom were poles apart. Japan blew the fuse of world war by bombing American air bases in Hawaii and joining the Axis Group (Germany and Italy) while the UK was one of the best allied battering rams including the Royal Airforce was the most feared in dogfights.
While Boris’ hair flew wildly when he gave impassioned speeches, Abe was the ‘ultimate pacifier’ according to his pal ex-US President Donald Trump who he played golf with and had many dinner parties with and who personally greeted Jack, Caroline Kennedy’s son (in a Japanese restaurant) when the first celebrated his 23rd birthday in Japan while Caroline was still United States Ambassador to Japan.
Even Democratic Presidents Barrack Obama and Joe Biden are Abe fans. A “patriot,” Abe’s domestic political legacy was resuscitating Japan’s moribund economy with easy money and big government spending while opening the doors of the working class to women and immigrants from a unprecedented way.
On the international front, Abe erased Japan’s reclusive attitude to global security – (partly spurred on by guilt over the computer destruction and atrocities of World War II) – by embracing a new Japan” non-pacifist” and constitutionally approved (in 2015) the deployment of Japanese gunmen in overseas conflicts, if warranted.
Japan is now in a transatlantic trade alliance (with the United States, India and Australia) and has been a major opposition to the excesses of Chinese aggression and North Korea’s missile belligerence. Japan is also in a joint venture with the Philippines and other smaller ASEAN countries to manufacture smaller weapons for the war for “military independence”, even though Japan is one of the the country’s main trading and aid partners today.
Japan is one of the safest countries to live on earth today with only 192,000 registered firearms in 2021 (mostly shotguns) in a country of 128 million people. Compare that with America which has more guns than the number of the American population.
So it was a shock that Japan (which had only one violent murder in 10 shootings for 2021) is now reporting that a former navy soldier (Tentsuya Yagami, 41) used a homemade weapon to murder one of Japan’s most beloved rulers.
Boris Johnson, on the other hand, has been credited with the BRFXTT which enabled the UK to make independent laws outside the EU and made it as the first and most generous donor to the war cause. ‘Ukraine.
I Ic will be remembered for both events. Meanwhile, Shinzo Abe’s legacy to the world in helping maintain world peace with the United States – (acting as the third most industrialized nation – (instead of Japan hiding under its shell) – will be Japan’s immortal contribution to the world.
In a way, both leaders’ exits are a loss to the world, but Abe’s had more gravity than Bojo’s. Still.