Motion Picture Association Statement on Passing of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

July 8, 2022

WASHINGTON  The following is a statement on the passing of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin:

“The Motion Picture Association is shocked and deeply saddened today to learn of the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. His transformative leadership during his unprecedented nine years in office made him a global statesman and crucial ally to the United States. In particular, Abe was committed to strengthening Japan’s security and economic relationship with the U.S., which he eloquently proclaimed the ‘Alliance of Hope’ during his historic 2015 address to a joint session of Congress. We honor his remarkable legacy today, and we share our warmest condolences with his family and the people of Japan.”

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About The Motion Picture Association

The Motion Picture Association, Inc. (MPA) serves as the global voice and advocate of the motion picture, home video, and television industries. It works in every corner of the globe to advance the creative industry, protect its members’ content across all screens, defend the creative and artistic freedoms of storytellers, and support innovative distribution models that bring an expansion of viewing choices to audiences around the world.

Its member studios are: Netflix Studios, LLC; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Universal City Studios LLC; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Charles Rivkin is Chairman and CEO.

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