Anthony Albanese has paid respect to late Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during a visit to Tokyo for his funeral.
Anthony Albanese has lauded Shinzo Abe, saying his attendance at the state funeral despite parliament sitting was a sign of Australia’s respect for the late Japanese prime minister.
“We are here to celebrate the life of Shinzo Abe. The tragic circumstances of this assassination is something which reverberated around the world,“ Mr Albanese said.
Former prime ministers John Howard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull will also attend the service.
“I’m here with three former prime ministers. What that says is how important the relationship between Australia and Japan is but it also says how important the respect is and the standing Shinzo Abe had,” Mr Albanese said.
Mr Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, from 2006 to 2007 and 2012 to 2020.
While in Tokyo, Mr Albanese has met with Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and US Vice President Kamala Harris.
The prime minister told Mr Kishida the Quad – a security dialogue between Japan, India, the US and Australia – would not have occurred “without Abe’s leadership”.
“We share such common interests, in particular for a free and open Indo-Pacific, which is so important that we continue to work together and to work with our partners as well to advance that common interest,” Mr Albanese said.
Ms Harris told the Prime Minister the US shared a “common goal and bond” with Australia.
“The work that we will continue to do to ensure that we are guided by what we are joined in terms of international rules and norms around the importance of peace, security and prosperity,” she said.
She also thanked Mr Albanese’s “leadership” in strengthening Australia’s climate targets.
“With your leadership as an individual on this issue, we believe the combination of the two at this moment will accelerate the work our two nations can do,” she said.
“That will be to the benefit of the people of our respective nations and to the benefit of people around the world.”