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Shinzo Abe

Top US diplomat to pay Abe condolence visit to Japan

Unscheduled brief stop will wrap up Blinken's Asian tour

On Saturday in Bali, Blinken said Abe's killing was a “tragedy” for the world and lauded the former prime minister for his vision.   © AP

BANGKOK (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will pay a brief condolence visit to Japan next week following the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the State Department said Sunday.

Blinken will travel to Tokyo on Monday to pay his respects to the former leader and meet with senior Japanese officials before returning to Washington from an Asian tour that he is now wrapping up.

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