ROUNDUP 4: Former Prime Minister of Japan Abe shot dead – horror around the world | News

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TOKYO (dpa-AFX) – Japan’s arch-conservative former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, one of his country’s most powerful politicians of international renown, was shot dead in the street. The 67-year-old was hit from behind by two bullets at close range during a speech during a campaign in the old imperial city of Nara in broad daylight. Despite blood transfusions, the doctors in the hospital could only say that the politician was dead. The alleged perpetrator, 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami from Nara, was immediately arrested by security forces. He was once in the navy. The murder caused consternation around the world.

Dramatic scenes took place at the scene of the crime. The TV footage showed the attacker quietly approaching Abe, taking what police said he was using a homemade pistol from his pocket and pointing at Abe from behind. Abe raises his fist during the speech when suddenly two loud shots are heard. Screams are heard in the crowd, seconds later Abe falls to the ground. He’s holding his chest, his shirt smeared with blood. In the next moment, the security guards incapacitate the perpetrator. A campaign officer desperately tried to resuscitate Abe with chest compressions.

According to NHK, the killer who pleaded guilty was in the Japanese Navy for three years, until 2005. Due to Japan’s pacifist constitution, its military is called the Self-Defense Forces.

Yamagami quit his job with the company in May, a recruiting agency representative said.

It was quoted that the perpetrator after his arrest said he was “dissatisfied” with Abe and wanted to “kill” him. “There is no offense to Abe’s political beliefs,” it wrote. However, the killer was quoted as saying he had a grudge against the group he believed was related to Abe. The police searched his apartment on the same day and, according to the media, confiscated his home-made weapons.

The head of the emergency department at Nara Medical University later explained that Abe had sustained serious damage to his heart, in addition to two wounds to his neck which damaged an artery and caused profuse bleeding. When he was hospitalized, he was in cardiac and pulmonary arrest.

The news shook the country considered one of the safest in the world with one of the strictest gun laws. He condemned the crime “in the sharpest words,” said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who was clearly fighting to remain calm. Words failed him, Kishida said. He immediately stopped his election campaign in northern Japan and returned to Tokyo by helicopter. The opposition also condemned the attack that shook Japan two days before the elections to the upper house of the national parliament.

The coup d’etat also caused terror to the rest of the world. This saddens him deeply, Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) tweeted. His deepest sympathy goes to Abe and Kishida’s family. “Even in these difficult hours, we are close to Japan,” assured Scholz. His predecessor Angela Merkel (CDU) wrote in a statement on its website: “With Shinzo Abe, Japan and the world are losing a great statesman. With him, I am losing a political companion.” The word Abe carried weight. Merkel stressed that he was “a close colleague and friend” to her.

US President Joe Biden also condemned the attack. “I am stunned, outraged and deeply saddened by the news that my friend Abe Shinzo was shot during the campaign. This is a tragedy for Japan and for everyone who knew him, “Biden said in a statement. Abe was a staunch advocate of a security alliance with the US caring power.

Abe ruled Japan from December 2012 to September 2020, making him the country’s longest-serving prime minister. He resigned as prime minister due to health problems. According to critics, Japan has clearly moved to the right below it. The results of his tenure, overshadowed by the scandals surrounding nepotism, are mixed. The nuclear energy spokesman strengthened Japan’s role in the international arena and advocated multilateralism.

In the country, however, he also sparked controversy and scandals with his nationalist agenda. Abe was bitter that he had failed to achieve his political goal in life: a pacifist revision of the post-war constitution. Abe believed that the constitution was not that of an independent nation, imposed on Japan in 1946 by the occupying United States. Among his critics, Abe was considered a right-wing populist and staunch nationalist who wanted to whitewash Japan’s wartime past.

Economically, Abe wanted to use his baptized “Abenomics” cheap money rate, a debt-financed economic stimulus, and Japan’s decade-long structural reform promise deflation and lead to stagnation. The third in the world economy experienced a long period of growth under Abe. Millions of new jobs have been created. But most of them are poorly paid. Critics therefore complain that under the rule of Abe./ln/DP/ngu. the gap between rich and poor has widened

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