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Shock over Abe's senseless death, but grief tempered by concern as ex-PM feted despite his flaws

While there was widespread grief over Mr Abe's death, there was also concern that his flaws and scandals were being overlooked. PHOTO: AFP
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TOKYO - In a measure of the influential yet polarising leadership of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, his senseless assassination on Friday (July 8) was met universally with shock.

Glowing eulogies poured in from abroad, while in Japan, there was an outpouring of grief among Mr Abe's supporters.

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