Live Updates: Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister, critically wounded after shooting | AP News

  

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By:    MARI YAMAGUCHI and FOSTER KLUG

Live Updates: Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister, critically wounded after shooting | AP News
TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an arch-conservative and one of his nation's most divisive figures, was shot and critically wounded during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan.

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TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, an arch-conservative and one of his nation's most divisive figures, was shot and critically wounded during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan. He was airlifted to a hospital but officials said he was not breathing and his heart had stopped.

Police arrested the suspected gunman at the scene of an attack that shocked many in Japan, which is one of the world's safest nations and has some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Abe was in "grave condition" and he hoped Abe would survive. Kishida and his Cabinet ministers hastily returned to Tokyo from campaign events around the country after the shooting, which he called "dastardly and barbaric."

"I'm praying for former Prime Minister Abe's survival from the bottom of my heart," Kishida told reporters at his office.

Abe, who is 67 and was Japan's longest-serving leader before stepping down in 2020, was in cardio and pulmonary arrest as he was airlifted to the hospital, local fire department official Makoto Morimoto said.

NHK public broadcaster aired dramatic footage of Abe giving a speech outside of a train station in the western city of Nara. He is standing, dressed in a navy blue suit, raising his fist, when a gunshot is heard. Footage then shows Abe collapsed on the street, with security guards running toward him. He holds his chest, his shirt smeared with blood.

In the next moment, security guards leap on top of a man in gray shirt who lies face down on the pavement. A double-barreled device that appeared to be a handmade gun is seen on the ground.

Nara prefectural police confirmed the arrest of Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, on suspicion of attempted murder. NHK reported that the suspect served in the Maritime Self-Defense Force for three years in the 2000s.

Other footage from the scene showed campaign officials surrounding Abe. The former leader is still influential in the governing Liberal Democratic Party and heads its largest faction, Seiwakai. Elections for Japan's upper house, the less powerful chamber of its parliament, are Sunday.

"I use the harshest words to condemn (the act)," Kishida said as he struggled to control his emotions. He said the government planned to review the security situation, but added that Abe had the highest protection.

Opposition leaders condemned the attack as a challenge to Japan's democracy and prayed for Abe's recovery. In Tokyo, people stopped on the street to grab extra editions of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper or watch TV coverage of the shooting.

When he resigned as prime minister, Abe said he had a recurrence of the ulcerative colitis he'd had since he was a teenager.

He told reporters at the time that it was "gut wrenching" to leave many of his goals unfinished. He spoke of his failure to resolve the issue of Japanese abducted years ago by North Korea, a territorial dispute with Russia and a revision of Japan's war-renouncing constitution.

That last goal was a big reason he was such a divisive figure.

His ultra-nationalism riled the Koreas and China, and his push to create what he saw as a more normal defense posture angered many Japanese. Abe failed to achieve his cherished goal of formally rewriting the U.S.-drafted pacifist constitution because of poor public support.

Loyalists said that his legacy was a stronger U.S.-Japan relationship that was meant to bolster Japan's defense capability. But Abe made enemies by forcing his defense goals and other contentious issues through parliament, despite strong public opposition.

Abe is a political blue blood who was groomed to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. His political rhetoric often focused on making Japan a "normal" and "beautiful" nation with a stronger military and bigger role in international affairs.

Many foreign officials expressed shock over the shooting.

In response to a question, Chinese Foreign Ministry Zhao Lijian said China was "shocked" by the "sudden incident." "We are following the development of the situation and hope that former Prime Minister Abe will be out of danger and recover swiftly," Zhao told reporters at a daily briefing.

"Our thoughts, our prayers are with him, with his family, with the people of Japan," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said while attending a Group of 20 foreign ministers meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

Abe said he was proud of working while leader for a stronger Japan-U.S. security alliance and shepherding the first visit by a serving U.S. president to the atom-bombed city of Hiroshima. He also helped Tokyo gain the right to host the 2020 Olympics by pledging that a disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant was "under control" when it was not.

Abe became Japan's youngest prime minister in 2006, at age 52, but his overly nationalistic first stint abruptly ended a year later, also because of his health.

The end of Abe's scandal-laden first stint as prime minister was the beginning of six years of annual leadership change, remembered as an era of "revolving door" politics that lacked stability and long-term policies.

When he returned to office in 2012, Abe vowed to revitalize the nation and get its economy out of its deflationary doldrums with his "Abenomics" formula, which combines fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms.

He won six national elections and built a rock-solid grip on power, bolstering Japan's defense role and capability and its security alliance with the U.S. He also stepped up patriotic education at schools and raised Japan's international profile.

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

Another shocker.  What is this world coming to?  It makes the quotation "Stop the world, I want to get off" become a damn good choice.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    3 months ago

I'm with you Buzz.  Unreal.  

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
2  al Jizzerror    3 months ago

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dead.

The "gun" used in the assassination was "hand made".  It looked like a double barrel shotgun.  The video I saw did not show the weapon being fired.  There were two large booms and a big cloud of white smoke.  The shooter may have used homemade "ammo" that contained black powder.

Japan's strict gun control laws work.  Butt haters gonna hate and they can find ways around gun control.  There are few shooting in Japan.  Most murders involve knives, arson or poison.  In this case the shooter made his own "gun".

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
2.1  Ender  replied to  al Jizzerror @2    3 months ago

Hell, these days one can 3d print one.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
PhD Principal
2.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Ender @2.1    3 months ago

Hear this one the guy md out of two pieces of pipe connected to a piece of wood with an electronic firing system. Damned innovative and desperate at the same time.....

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3  Tessylo    3 months ago

I was so shocked when I heard this morning.  First that he was shot and had to be resuscitated on way to the hospital and then that he died.  The world is going to hell.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4  Tessylo    3 months ago

I'm so ignorant on history.  I hadn't realized how much of a divisive figure he was, but still.  

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
4.1  squiggy  replied to  Tessylo @4    3 months ago

You thought he was really honest?

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  squiggy @4.1    3 months ago

Where did I say that?

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
4.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @4.1.1    3 months ago

you didn't ...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
5  Trout Giggles    3 months ago

I honestly don't know anything about the man. I admit that I don't pay attention to world politics. I am sorry he is dead.

As for this shooting...I never thought it would happen in Japan but I guess when a criminal wants to kill someone they will find a way

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @5    3 months ago

I'm pretty much the same way regarding Abe and world politics.  I am sorry he is dead also.  

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
PhD Principal
5.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Trout Giggles @5    3 months ago
I guess when a criminal wants to kill someone they will find a way

Exactly...........

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
5.2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.2    3 months ago
Exactly......

Wait a minute here. Are you suggesting that law-abiding people will follow laws, and that criminals won't?

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
5.2.2  squiggy  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.2    3 months ago
Exactly...........

Any kid with a $400 mini lathe can make a hand cannon?

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
6  Revillug    3 months ago

Well, this is the news story that has finally made me pro-gun.

What is the point of banning guns when you can make a gun out of plastic box and a battery?

Yes, we must not only allow every citizen to carry semi-automatic weapons at all times - we must require it.

Everyone should have their weapons not only visible at all times but within easy reach.

Because it's not guns that kill people but a shortage of guns that is keeping us unsafe.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Freshman Quiet
6.1  afrayedknot  replied to  Revillug @6    3 months ago

“Because it's not guns that kill people but a shortage of guns that is keeping us unsafe.”

The only logical solution to the posit. Yee haw!

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
6.1.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  afrayedknot @6.1    3 months ago

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Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Revillug @6    3 months ago

LOL.  That has been my tongue-in-cheek solution to America's gun problem for a long time - make sure every person over the age of 12 has a gun and ammunition in order to "protect" themselves, because it's just TOO FUCKING LATE to solve the American gun problem in any other way.  

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
6.2.1  Revillug  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2    3 months ago
That has been my tongue-in-cheek solution to America's gun problem for a long time

It's my tongue-in-cheek solution for today.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Revillug @6.2.1    3 months ago

Actually, there would have been another solution, as any movie lover might tell you, and that is that Klaatu would return with Gort who would use his disintegrator ray to dissolve all the guns.

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Revillug
Freshman Guide
6.2.3  Revillug  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2.2    3 months ago

When America falls, from all our infighting, whoever takes us over will not tolerate all these guns.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
6.2.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Revillug @6.2.3    3 months ago

But they'll have to pry them from eveyone's cold dead hands 

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
6.2.5  Revillug  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @6.2.4    3 months ago

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
7  al Jizzerror    3 months ago

If more guns make it safer, then the US would be the safest place on the planet.

The opposite is true.

Japan had just one person killed by a gun last year.

There were 45,000 gun deaths in the US last year.

Do the math:  More guns = more gun deaths.

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
7.1  Revillug  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    3 months ago

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Mark in Wyoming
Professor Silent
7.1.1  Mark in Wyoming   replied to  Revillug @7.1    3 months ago

i said it before , i will say it again , thats 10 year old data your relying on, so it doesnt mean shit as to whats happening today  , a lot has changed in the last 10 years as far as percentages of ownership .

 then you have to account for most of that chart is estimates when it comes to ownership , i wonder how many people they asked either told them none of their business , or flat out lied due to local laws ....

Point is , you and the government , dont know .

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
7.2  Revillug  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    3 months ago

Is it lost on people that I was being sarcastic?

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
7.3  squiggy  replied to  al Jizzerror @7    3 months ago

"Do the math:  More guns = more gun deaths."

That's more of a bumper sticker than a remedy for the drugs and violent entertainment that US kids ingest daily.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
7.3.1  al Jizzerror  replied to  squiggy @7.3    3 months ago
That's more of a bumper sticker than a remedy

What's the "remedy"?

Do we need more guns?

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
7.3.2  squiggy  replied to  al Jizzerror @7.3.1    3 months ago

More personal fidelity, character, constitution - whatever you want to call socialized.

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
7.3.3  Revillug  replied to  squiggy @7.3.2    3 months ago

If only we could socialize people to not want guns.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
7.3.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Revillug @7.3.3    3 months ago

Good luck with that pipe dream.  Where I am nobody even THINKS about guns.

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
7.3.5  Revillug  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7.3.4    3 months ago

America is a nation that was founded a mere 250 years ago and we built much of this country with enslaved labor and de-facto slavery under Jim Crow. We did a genocide against the indigenous population and we took land from Mexico. And all this happened at gun point.

Guns are the ultimate symbol and actual tool for holding onto ill-gotten gains in America.

 
 
 
squiggy
Sophomore Quiet
7.3.6  squiggy  replied to  Revillug @7.3.3    3 months ago

”…not want guns.”

… not using guns inappropriately.

 
 

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