The Embassy of Japan to​ Display Condolence Books for the Public to Sign following the Death of Former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo

PHNOM PENH—Cambodians and foreigners will be, along with Japanese nationals, able to pay respect to the late Prime Minister Abe Shinzo at the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh and the Consular Office of Japan in Siem Reap City, the Japanese Embassy announced on July 10.

In a message on its Facebook page, the Japanese Embassy said that notebooks of condolences will be on display at the embassy in Phnom Penh and the consular office in Siem Reap City, and that people will be welcome to sign them.

According to Kyodo News, Shinzo Abe, who was the leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, was shot at close range in Japan’s western city of Nara as he was delivering a speech on July 8.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on July 9 expressed to Japan his condolences and those of the whole country over his death; the Cambodian government set July 10 as a day of mourning with flags at half-mast at public and private institutions, and the sale of alcohol suspended.

In its Facebook message, the Embassy of Japan indicated that the consular office in Siem Reap City would be open to the public on Monday, July 11, and Tuesday, July 12, from 10 am to noon, and 2 pm to 4 pm, while the embassy in Phnom Penh would be open on July 13 through 16 from 10 am to noon and 2 pm to 4 pm.

“Please bring any ID or identity card such as passport, etc.,” the embassy message read. “Please always wear mask on embassy premises.

“When arriving at the location, please inform the embassy's security that you are here for the purpose of writing a condolence message,” the embassy said, adding on its Facebook page “[t]hank you for your condolences.”

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