Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot during his speech.
The 67-year-old prime minister, the longest prime minister in the country, was shot dead while campaigning on behalf of the Liberal Democratic Party in power in Nara, a suburb of Kyoto.
The gunshot was heard around 11:30 am local time, NBC reported, and Abe was taken to the emergency room at Nara Medical University Hospital.
In this photo taken by the Asahi Shimbun, a man believed to have shot former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Nara, Japan, was attacked by police on July 8, 2022.
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At a press conference, Dr. Hidetada Fukushima, who had surgery on Prime Minister Abe, said, “I was in cardiopulmonary arrest when I was taken to the hospital.” “They tried to revive him, but at 17:03 he was declared dead.”
“He suffered gun wounds in two places and died of heart failure from a severely damaged artery,” the doctor said.
One person was arrested in connection with the shooting, NBC quoted officials as reporting.
After being shot dead in Nara City, a pedestrian silhouette is depicted on a large public video screen showing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Akihabara district of Tokyo on July 8, 2022.
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According to a video confirmed by the NBC, after hearing the gunshot, a man was tackled by several people while the weapon was on the street.
Prime Minister Abe had not campaigned to win a seat in parliament himself, but he was in favor of the LDP prior to Sunday’s House of Councilors election. It is not clear if the election will go as planned.
Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida added that the attack was “a sneaky and barbaric act during the elections that underpin democracy” and is still under investigation.
The incident sent a shock wave to Japan, a country where gun violence is extremely rare. Gun rules are very strict in the country. Handguns are banned and anyone who wants to own an air rifle or shotgun needs extensive training and checks.
Prime Minister Abe resigned as Prime Minister in August 2020After serving the second term, because his health deteriorated.
The former Prime Minister was known for his efforts to revive Japan’s economic growth through a series of stimuli that became known as “Abenomics.” According to analysts, the goal was to increase productivity, reform Japan’s corporate culture, and reduce national debt in the long run. Mixing result For the world’s third-largest economy.
International leaders paid tribute to Abe in response to the news of Abe’s death.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Abe “a world-class politician, outstanding leader, and notable manager of the tower” in a tweet.
In a subsequent post, Modi said Prime Minister Abe “had a great contribution to improving Japan-India relations.” Indian leaders said the country will hold a national memorial day on 9 July.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called Prime Minister Abe “a wonderful person, a great Democrat, and a defender of the multilateral world order.”
Before the death of Prime Minister Abe was confirmed, US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel said he was “sad and shocked” by the news of the shooting.
“Mr. Abe was an outstanding leader in Japan and an unwavering ally of the United States,” Ram tweeted.
Prime Minister Abe is widely recognized for increasing Japan’s presence on the world stage.
He maintains a relationship with former US President Donald Trump, and even Negotiate first trade agreement in 2019..
In 2016, we welcomed then-US President Barack Obama in Hiroshima. Obama was first visited by the President of the United States since the atomic bombing of the United States in 1945.
In October 2018, Prime Minister Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and the Japanese Prime Minister visited Beijing for the first time since 2011. For decades, Japan and China have built a tense and fragile relationship.
Prime Minister Abe’s visit aimed to support Japan-China relations. But more recently, he has been increasingly criticizing China, especially on the issue of Taiwan, which Beijing considers to be a state of rebellion that must be returned to the mainland. “Taiwan’s emergency is a Japanese emergency,” Abe said last year, suggesting that Japan and the United States should not wait if China attacks Taiwan.
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