Statement on Shinzo Abe from Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott

09 July 2022

On behalf of the Australian business community we pay tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Mr Abe was a great friend to Australia and a visionary leader in the Indo-Pacific.

As a champion of a freer and more open world, the legacy of Mr Abe’s leadership is greater cooperation of all like minded nations and a more secure region.

More than many leaders Mr Abe saw the imperative of stronger economic growth for his people.

His transformative economic program helped pave the way for a reinvigorated Japanese economy and greater prosperity for his people.

At a time when the world needs strong, visionary leaders more than ever before Mr Abe’s loss will be sorely felt across the globe.

Australian businesses join with world leaders in expressing our condolences to the Japanese people and Mr Abe’s loved ones.


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