Former Prime Minister Japan, Shinzo Abe, who was shot during a campaign rally in Nara (west) and died in hospital on Friday, caused a stir in Japan and abroad. “Shinzo Abe was taken (to the hospital) at 12:20 p.m. On arrival he had cardiac arrest. Attempts were made to revive him. Tragically, he passed away at 5:03 p.m. (0803 GMT), said Hidetada Fukushima, chief of emergency medicine at Nara Medical University Hospital (West).
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A prominent politician of the country, 67, was attacked At the rally for the senatorial election on SundayAnd despite strict laws in the archipelago against the possession of weapons.
Fumio Kishida, the current head of government, abandoned the election campaign and traveled to Tokyo by helicopter.
“I was praying that he would be saved and I just heard,” Kishita said of his death, her voice thick with emotion.
“I have no words (…), may his soul rest in peace,” he added. He had earlier described the attack as a “barbaric act” and “absolutely inexcusable”.
Firing at an election rally
The attack took place at noon in NaraNational network NHK and Kyodo Agency were cited when asked for footage of where Abe was giving a speech as part of the campaign.
“A man believed to be the attacker is in custody” Japanese chief Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters.
A man in his 40s was arrested. Attempted murder and a weapon were confiscated, NHK reported, citing police sources.
According to several local media, the suspect is a 41-year-old Japanese man He belongs to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, the Japanese Navy.
Films broadcast by NHK Show Abe standing on stage And smoke is seen. You can see how a man is shaken by security agents.
“I was giving a speech and a man came up behind me.” A young woman at the event told the NHK network.
“The first shot was like a toy. He didn’t fall but then heard a loud noise. The second shot was more visible, you could see sparks and smoke,” he added.
Abe collapsed and was bleeding from the neck, a source in his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) told GG Agency.
“After the second shot, people surrounded him and gave him heart massages,” the witness said.
Local PLD officials said they had not received any threats before the attack.
Younger Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe was 52 when he became Prime Minister in 2006., He became the youngest person to hold the position.
His first term was tumultuous, beset by scandals and controversy, and he abruptly resigned after a year.
He ran again and in December 2012 returned as head of government as the Redeemer.
It suffered from the effects of the tsunami in 2011 and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japan found a reliable hand in Abe.
Abe is known abroad for his economic revival strategy, known as “Abenomics”. Launched in 2012, it included a mix of demonetisation, massive budget restructuring and structural reforms.
Assault and death Abe triggered an avalanche of international reactions.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken condemned the assassination of the former Japanese prime minister and lamented the loss of a “visionary leader”.
For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin described the “irreparable loss” on Friday, while EU leaders said they were shocked by the “brutal” death of the former Japanese prime minister, whom they described as a “great democrat”. .
Nothing like this has happened in Japan for “more than 50 or 60 years.” Corey Wallace, an expert on Japanese politics and Kanagawa University lecturer, told AFP.
According to this expert, the latest incident is similar Japan The 1960 assassination of Inejiro Asanuma, leader of the Japanese Socialist Party, was stabbed to death by a student close to the far right.
Japan has some of the strictest gun control laws in the world.
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