According to local Japanese media outlet NHK, Abe passed away.
The Prime Minister of Japan tried to bring casinos and integrated resorts to the country in 2020. He was killed while making a campaign speech in the city of Nara.
A high-profile political figure was shot at an event in the city of Nara, the capital city of the Nara prefecture. According to media, he was hit in the neck and back by two bullets. CNN reported that the shots came from a homemade shotgun.
The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party was in Nara. This Sunday, Japan will hold its elections for the Upper House, and the 67-year-old Abe was campaigning for several legislators. Police have already made an arrest.
There was no information from the government about Abe’s condition after the attack. There were some conflicting reports in the media. NHK stated that Abe was unconscious after the attack. The outlet claimed that he had bled from the neck and had shown no more vital functions.
The spokesman for the local fire department in Nara said Abe stopped breathing after the attack. He acknowledged that Abe had a cardiac arrest. Abe succumbed to his injuries after attempts to save him were unsuccessful.
A representative of the Communist Party strongly condemned the attack. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed concern about Abe’s health. The country and the world are going through a very sad moment, according to Blinken.
Israel’s ambassador to Japan, Gilad Cohen, expressed his sympathies via a twit. He said that Abe was the architect of modern relations between Israel and Japan.
The longest-serving Prime Minister in Japan was Abe, who was in office from December 2012 to September 2020. The country had moved to the right under his leadership.
A revision of the post-war constitution is one of Abe’s top priorities. He saw the need for economic reforms which included an increase in tourism. The possible approval of IRs in Nagasaki and Osaka is somewhat controversial.
TheResignation of Abe in August 2020 came as a surprise to most. He said that health issues forced him to step down. Fumio Kishida will take over as Prime Minister in 2021.
There are shooting incidents in the US and other countries, but not in Japan. According to CNN, there were only nine deaths from firearms in the year. In the US there were 39,740 that year. Only shotguns and air rifles can be purchased legally in Japan.
In 1960, the last political assassination occurred in Japan. The leader of the Japanese Socialist Party, Inejiro Asanuma, was stabbed to death.
Shinzo Abe, 67, was shot in the neck and back during a campaign speech in Nara, Japan. The former Prime Minister of Japan was seriously injured and died at the hospital. Abe ruled Japan for one year in 2006 and from December 2012 to September 2020, making him the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister.