While most of the world is mourning the death of Japan’s former Conservative Prime Minister Abe Shinzo some social media users in China are celebrating.
According to journalists in Asia, Chinese nationalists are going on the Chinese social media app Weibo to celebrate the assassination of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.
While the former Prime Minister of Japan was fighting for his life in a hospital after being fatally shot, Chinese nationalists on Weibo wished death upon Shinzo and even went as far as to call the assassin Tetsuya Yamagami a hero.
Chinese nationalists on Weibo have began to celebrate that Japan’s ex PM Abe is shot during campaign today.
they call the attacker “hero” and send death wish to Abe
— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) July 8, 2022
Shinzo Abe death: Chinese nationalists on Weibo 'celebrate' shooting, call attacker a 'hero' https://t.co/WiqEZxJJuo
— Saurav Jha (@SJha1618) July 8, 2022
I cannot celebrate, but nor will I condemn the assassination of Shinzo Abe. Japanese right wing politics cause immense suffering in the 19th/20thC. And Abe's policies were an extension of that: strengthening relations with the US at the expense of China, the Koreas, and Russia.
— Tacos and Airplanes (@blob_watcher) July 8, 2022
WION had more on the story:
The world is in shock after the terrible news about Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe’s demise was circulated Friday morning. Initially, the Japanese government confirmed that Abe had been shot in the western region of Nara. Later, public broadcaster NHK and Jiji news agencies confirmed that Abe is dead.
World leaders and people around the world have reacted with shock and concern to the ‘despicable’ attack on Abe, however, it is learnt that some Chinese nationalists celebrated the assassination bid.
Why Chinese hail the attacker of Shinzo Abe?
Moments after Abe was shot during a campaign speech in western Japan, some Chinese nationalists celebrated the incident on Weibo, which is China’s Twitter-like microblogging site. They hailed the attacker as a ‘hero’ and even sent death wishes to Abe.
A verified Twitter handle, @badiucao, claimed: “Chinese nationalists on Weibo have began to celebrate that Japan’s ex PM Abe is shot during campaign today. they call the attacker “hero” and send death wish to Abe”.
— NDTV (@ndtv) July 8, 2022
Jack Posobiec shared the truth about Shinzo:
Shinzo Abe has been one of the fiercest anti-communists in all of Asia and was never afraid to stand up to the CCP. He dedicated his life to defending his country
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 8, 2022