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Abe's assassination must not prevent open debate on his legacy

Omitting his policy failures would further undermine Japan's democracy

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Shinzo Abe during a meeting of the upper house budget committee in March 2018: Abe refused to accept responsibility for a series of political scandals that involved him.   © AP

Sebastian Maslow is a senior lecturer in international relations at Sendai Shirayuri Women's College in Sendai, Japan. Paul O'Shea is a senior lecturer at the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies of Lund University in Lund, Sweden.

The assassination of Shinzo Abe represents a cold-blooded assault on Japanese democracy, sadly not the first of its kind in Japanese history.

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