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U.S. President Joe Biden called Japanese leader Fumio Kishida to extend his sympathy and outrage over the fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose killing at a campaign rally shocked a nation where political violence and guns are rare.

Kishida denounced the act that took place ahead of a Sunday election as “despicable and barbaric” and said in the call with Biden he would protect democracy by not succumbing to violence.

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