Former President Donald Trump is in talks with the family of the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the possibility of attending his funeral following his assassination.
Mr Trump, who shared a close relationship with Mr Abe, said he was considering the logistics of his attendance and recalled he was the first world leader he had met while president.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Trump told Breitbart News. “We talk to their family. We love family. His wife is a phenomenal woman. He’s so loved in Japan, I can imagine it’s going to be an incredible celebration of life. He was just very special. Every aspect of this man was just very special.
Mr Trump added that Mr Abe came to the US just after the 2016 election and said they had “a special relationship”.
Mr Trump called Mr Abe’s death “bad news for the world” after it was reported he died of gunshot wounds on Friday, after five hours of emergency medical procedures.
Mr Abe, 67, was shot dead in broad daylight while delivering a speech ahead of Japan’s Upper House elections on Sunday.
The incident was shocking, given Japan’s strict gun laws and extremely low rate of gun violence in the country.
According to The Straits Times, the last political killing in Japan before Friday was in April 2007 when a member of a yakuza gang shot and killed Nagasaki City Mayor Iccho Itoh while campaigning for his re-election.