Shinzo Abe, a security hawk and fiscal dove

In a photo taken on Oct 14, 2018, then-Japanese PM Shinzo Abe reviews troops of the Self Defence Forces during a military parade in Asaka. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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TOKYO - No matter where one stands on the political spectrum - and former prime minister Shinzo Abe was polarising as a security hawk and a fiscal dove - Japan was united in shock by his very public assassination at a campaign rally last Friday.

Tributes poured in at home and from abroad, where he was fondly remembered as a towering and transformative statesman who lifted Japan's global profile and brought terms like "Indo-Pacific" into the diplomatic lexicon.

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