Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan and its longest-serving leader, was shot and killed on Friday while running for a parliamentary seat, startling a nation where political violence is practically unheard of and firearms are strictly regulated.
Around five and a half hours following the incident in Nara, Abe, 67, was declared dead. Police detained a 41-year-old guy after discovering a handmade gun in his possession. Abe was shot in the chest and the neck. According to NHK, the suspect has been detained on suspicion of trying to kill someone. The police confiscated the gun that the suspect, Yamagami Tetsuya had in his hand. The killer made his own crude musket-style gun to evade Japan’s strictest gun-control laws which ae the strictest in the world.
Ahead of time, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his “strongest condemnation” of the incident and expressed his sincere hope that Abe would live.
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Kishida, who cut short a campaign stop in the Yamagata prefecture in the north and instead flew back to his official house in the capital city of Tokyo, said that the attack’s objective was yet unknown. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said, “Such an act of barbarity cannot be tolerated.”
The “Abenomics” approach, which comprised audacious monetary easing and fiscal spending, is what made Abe most famous. Additionally, after years of decreases, he increased defense budget and increased the military’s capacity to project power abroad.