Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot during an election campaign.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed in the western city of Nara on the 10th while campaigning for the House of Councilors election.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Shinzo Abe shot after campaign speech

Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported that Shinzo Abe was shot while giving an election campaign speech at 11:30 a.m. local time.

They added that the 67-year-old leader appeared to be bleeding from his chest. Several bullets were fired at Prime Minister Abe, injuring his left chest and neck.

It is speculated that he was likely shot in the back by a shotgun during a speech.

Nevertheless, the media reported that Prime Minister Abe was immediately transferred to Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara City. Early responders were said to have claimed that Abe was “not showing signs of vitality” and that his heart may have stopped at the scene.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno spoke with reporters about the tragic event.

He said, ‘Ex-Prime Minister Abe was shot in the country around 11:30 a.m. A man believed to be the shooter has been detained. The status of former Prime Minister Abe is currently unknown.’

In addition, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Fumio Kishida arranged a press conference to resolve the case at 2:50 pm.

He said Abe was “in critical condition.”

“Currently, doctors are doing their best,” Kishida said. Even at this moment, I am praying and praying for Abe to survive.’

reaction to news

The news that Shinzo Abe was shot aroused shock and condemnation in Japan and around the world.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese tweeted that he was shocked by the news.

‘At this point, our thoughts are with his family and the Japanese people,’ he wrote.

US Ambassador to Japan Ram Emanuel expressed his ‘sad and shock’ over the shooting on Friday.

He also said that ‘Mr. Abe is an outstanding leader of Japan and a firm ally of the United States.’

“The United States government and the American people are praying for the well-being of Prime Minister Abe, his family and the Japanese people,” Emmanuel continued.

Abe is Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. He served for one year in 2016, but served as prime minister again from December 2012 to September 2020.

Surprisingly, however, he resigned in August 2020 after a chronic disease recurred.



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