Synopsis: The former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was immediately taken to the hospital after being shot dead while campaigning for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday 8th July.
The assassination of the former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe is a shock and loss for Japan and the world. The devastating event happened during the campaign for the Upper House elections. Shinzo Abe was campaigning for the ruling party Liberal Democratic Party on Friday in the city of Nara near Kyoto in western Japan.
Shinzo Abe was giving his speech when he was shot dead from behind. It is said that two bullets were fired with the swan-off shotgun. He was lying bleeding and unconscious on the street before his guards took him to the hospital by helicopter. According to the fire department, Shinzo Abe was not showing any vital signs.
The shooter was also present in the campaign and was arrested at the scene. Reportedly, the assailant was a 42-year-old Japanese man. The true motive behind this assassination is yet to be found but the reports say that the suspect is an ex-member of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces of Japan.
The emergency service stated his condition of being in cardiac arrest. Post-Japan war, gun violence, and political violence are rare which is why this event was shocking and devastating for the people of Japan and worldwide. The gun owner policy is tightly regulated by the Japanese Police Department to restrict violence. The video of the assassination is going viral on the social media platform.
The political legacy of Abe
Shinzo Abe was one of the longest-serving Japenese Prime Ministers in the history. He first came into power as a PM in 2006 which only lasted for a year. In 2012, he came back into power with a strong majority in the general elections. He retained his power for three terms, 2012, 2014, and 2017. He led a strong and powerful government in the center with strong geo-politics policies. He maintained a good relationship with western and Asian countries.