September 27, 2022
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Shinzo Abe, 67, Dies After Being Shot by Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, During Speech


Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, died on Friday at 67, after being shot while campaigning for a candidate ahead of national elections.


The police arrested a suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, on an initial charge of attempted murder before Mr. Abe’s death was announced.

The Japanese Fire and Disaster Management Agency said that Mr. Abe had been shot in his right neck and left chest.

Footage on social media showed Mr. Abe, 67, collapsed and bleeding on the ground in the western city of Nara, near Kyoto.

Hidetada Fukushima, the professor in charge of emergency medicine at Nara Medical University Hospital, said on Friday evening that Mr. Abe had died there shortly after 5 p.m.Mr. Abe was brought to the hospital at 12:20 p.m. showing no vital signs, Dr. Fukushima said. He said Mr. Abe had sustained two bullet wounds. Doctors tried to stop the bleeding and conducted a transfusion, but they could not resuscitate him, Dr. Fukushima said.Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a news briefing before Mr. Abe’s death was announced that the attack was a “heinous act.” He added, “It is barbaric and malicious, and it cannot be tolerated.”

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Mr. Abe was giving a campaign speech on behalf of Kei Sato, 43, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party from Nara who was running for re-election in the Upper House of Parliament. Mr. Abe had been speaking for less than a minute when two blasts were heard behind him.Yoshio Ogita, 74, the secretary general of the L.D.P.’s local chapter, was standing next to Mr. Abe. He said he heard two loud sounds and saw a plume of white smoke rising into the sky.


“I didn’t know what had happened,” he said in a telephone interview on Friday afternoon. “I saw him collapse.”



Images shared on social media showed a man being tackled after the shooting near Yamatosaidaiji Station.

The man was a Nara resident, according to NHK, the public broadcaster. The police said they had retrieved a crude weapon.Mr. Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. He served two terms, from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020. He resigned in 2020 because of ill health.


Gun violence is rare in Japan, where just 10 shootings that contributed to death, injury or property damage were reported in 2021, according to statistics from the National Police Agency. In those incidents, one person was killed and four others were injured.

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