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Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Former Prime Minister, Is Assassinated

Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Former Prime Minister, Is Assassinated

Police arrest 41-year-old man suspected of firing two shots at former leader with crudely made gun

By Alastair Gale and Miho Inada

TOKYO—Shinzo Abe, a former Japanese prime minister, died after being shot Friday during an election campaign rally, sending shock waves through a country unaccustomed to gun violence.

Police arrested a 41-year-old man who they said approached Mr. Abe from behind as he gave a speech in the city of Nara and fired twice with what appeared to be an improvised firearm. A doctor who treated Mr. Abe said he had gunshot wounds near the base of his neck and one bullet pierced his heart.

Mr. Abe, 67, was the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history and remained powerful even after stepping down in 2020. During his term in office, he pushed to strengthen the nation’s military, beefed up cooperation with U.S. forces and made Tokyo a more muscular force in international diplomacy.

In testimony to his influence, condolences and tributes poured in from many nations including the allies Mr. Abe cultivated: India, Australia, the U.K. and, above all, the U.S.

“The United States has lost a trusted partner and an outspoken advocate for our shared ideals,” said the U.S. ambassador to Japan, Rahm Emanuel.

India declared a national day of mourning. Australia’s prime minister called Mr. Abe’s death devastating.

 

Full story https://www.wsj.com/articles/shinzo-abe-former-japanese-prime-minister-assassinated-11657250233

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