Thailand flies flags at half-mast today in memory of Shinzo Abe

Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered all government agencies and state enterprises to fly their flags to half-mast today in memory of former-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated while campaigning in the city of Nara in western Japan on Friday. The request was announced this morning by government spokesperson Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.

PM Prayut has asked all government agencies to keep their Thai flag at half-mast all day today, July 11, to mourn the longest serving Japanese Prime Minister in history, Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot at around 11:30am on Friday.

Tomorrow, PM Prayut will travel to the Embassy of Japan in Bangkok to officially pay his respects to the late Japanese ex-leader. PM Prayut has already publicly expressed his deepest condolences to Shinzo Abe’s family and the people and government of Japan for their great loss, according to the government spokesperson.

Shinzo Abe played an important role in boosting political relations between Japan and Thailand. In 2013, Shinzo Abe was the first Japanese leader to visit Thailand in 11 years.

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Leah is a translator and news writer for the Thaiger. Leah studied East Asian Religions and Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and Chiang Mai University. Leah covers crime, politics, environment, human rights, entertainment, travel and culture in Thailand and southeast Asia.

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