Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dies after being shot during campaign rally in Nara

Archive – Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe – -/Pool/ZUMA Wire/dpa

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died Friday after being shot during a campaign rally in the southwestern town of Nara, sources from his party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), have confirmed.

The confirmation of death, picked up by the Japanese news agency Kiodo and the NHK television channel, came hours after Abe went into cardiorespiratory arrest during his evacuation to a hospital after being shot in the back. The suspect has been arrested.

The detainee has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, 41 years old and a former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force, although the causes of the incident, which has been described by the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, as a «barbaric act», have not yet been clarified.

Abe, 67, held office between September 2006 and September 2007 and then between December 2012 and September 2020. In the latter case, he resigned due to health problems.

He thus became the longest-serving prime minister, having surpassed the record held until now by his great-uncle Eisaku Sato, in office between November 1964 and July 1972.

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