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At A Campaign Rally, Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Is Shot And Assassinated

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Shinzo Abe, a populist who held the position of Japanese Prime Minister for the longest period before resigning in 2020, was fatally shot on Friday during a campaign event.

At the scene of the incident, security tackled the alleged shooter, who was then taken into custody by police. Many people in Japan, one of the safest countries in the world with some of the tightest gun restrictions anywhere, were horrified by the massacre.

The country’s current prime minister, Fumio Kishida, told the reporters, “It is savage and nasty and it cannot be condoned.”

Shinzo Abe Assassinator According To Cops

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, allegedly fired two rounds at Abe as he was giving a political address in the town of Nara, according to the cops.

Abe was shot twice; the first missed, the second struck him in the chest and neck, and despite efforts to save him, he passed away many hours later.

According to authorities, Yamagami, who had been out of work for three years and had previously served in Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, attacked Abe because he thought the latter belonged to a group Yamagami despised. Yamagami’s residence later yielded numerous handguns.

Shinzo Abe: Political Scenario

Abe, 67, was prime minister in 2006 and 2007, and then again from 2012 to 2020 before abruptly stepping down in the face of health problems. Even after leaving office, he continued to play a significant role in the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which is currently in power in Japan.

Condolences Received Worldwide

President Biden expressed his shock, outrage, and sadness over the murder in a statement, referring to Abe as a friend. “His dream of an open, free Indo-Pacific will live on.” In a later statement, President Biden stated that he would visit the Japanese consulate in Dc on Friday evening to sign a guestbook of condolences. While making significant economic progress, Abe was unable to change the constitution of Japan.

As prime minister, Abe oversaw a program that became known as “Abenomics,” which aimed to strengthen and restructure the economy while also working to challenge China’s growing influence.

Abe changed immigration laws while in office, more women entered the workforce, and the Japanese economy surprisingly resumed strong growth.

Abe was the most important leader Japan has had in recent times, according to Michael Green, a former member of the George W. Bush administration’s national security council staff who worked closely with Abe. The government’s administration and elected representatives were devoted to him because of his plan to put Japan back on the world map.

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