Five things to know about the murder of Shinzo Abe

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on Friday, astonishing Japan and the world.

The 67-year-old leader, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, remained an influential figure in the country’s politics after retiring from the role in 2020. He was shot in the back while giving a speech outdoors and was quickly flown to a hospital. but was pronounced dead hours later.

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was arrested for the murder shortly after Abe was shot. He has admitted to killing the former leader.

Here are five things to know about the assassination:

  1. Monkey was killed during a campaign event

Abe was on a street in the town of Nara in western Japan when he was killed on Friday.

He spoke at an event for the Liberal Democratic Party ahead of the election to Japan’s town hall, which is set to take place on Sunday.

Abe was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, Japan’s current ruling party, for decades.

He served as Prime Minister of the country and President of the Liberal Democratic Party from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020.

  1. The attacker used a handmade pistol

Officials told reporters that Yamagami, who has admitted to shooting Abe deadly, used a handmade gun to assassinate the former leader, according to several outlets.

The gun, which could be seen on video of the attack, appeared to have two barrels held together by duct tape.

The Japanese public television station NHK reported, citing sources in the shooting investigation that the gun was one of several Yamagami made of tubular steel and adhesive tape. He told police he bought the parts he used to make the weapons online, according to the store.

Gun ownership and gun violence are both rare in Japan, which has some of the world’s strictest gun laws. The country bans small arms and only allows residents to possess shotguns and air rifles if they undergo a rigorous licensing process involving a mental health evaluation, background checks and both a written exam and an accuracy test on a shooting range, among other steps. That process must then be repeated every three years to renew the license.

Once licensees have acquired weapons, they are also required to register them with the police, who must inspect them annually, and provide authorities with information on how the weapons and ammunition are stored.

  1. Police are investigating the shooter’s motives

Authorities in Japan are working to uncover why Yamagami assassinated the former prime minister, with the shooter claiming his motive had nothing to do with Abe’s policies.

Sources of investigation told The Japanese Times that Yamagami said he attacked Abe because he believed the former prime minister promoted a religious group that caused his mother to go bankrupt.

The shooter allegedly told the authorities that he originally planned to attack a leader of this religious group, to whom his mother made large donations before targeting Abe.

  1. Security for Abe is being investigated after the assassination attempt

The seemingly light security protections for Abe on the day of the assassination have attracted scrutiny in the wake of his death.

Cars passed behind the former prime minister as he spoke as the road was not blocked off due to his speech and the crowd was just meters from him, The Japanese Times reported.

Japan’s National Police Agency said it would investigate whether there were any flaws in Abe’s safety, per. the socket.

During his speech, Abe was to be protected by a team of authorities from the security department of the Nara Prefectural Police Department and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.

Nara Prefectural Police Chief Tomoaki Onizuka said on Saturday that there were “undeniable” problems with the former prime minister’s security and promised that a “thorough investigation” would be conducted, according to The Guardian.

“I think it is undeniable that there were problems with guarding and security measures for former Prime Minister Abe,” Onizuka said.

“In all the years since I became a police officer in 1995… there is no greater remorse, no greater regret than this,” he added.

  1. Abes corpse led to Tokyo

After he was pronounced dead, Abe was taken from the hospital in Nara Prefecture to Tokyo, according to The Japanese Times.

Senior members of the Liberal Democratic Party were in his home in the capital when his body arrived to show their respect, according to the business.

A wake will be held for Abe on Monday, followed by a funeral on Tuesday, It reported CNN, referring to Abe’s office. NHK reported that only family and others close to the former prime minister would be present at the funeral, as his widow will host a temple in Tokyo, according to CNN.

Abe’s shooting was met with a stream of statements expressing shock and sadness from leaders around the world.

“I am shocked, outraged and deeply saddened by the news that my friend Abe Shinzo, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot and killed during the campaign,” President Biden said in a statement issued by the White House. “This is a tragedy for Japan and for everyone who knew him.”

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