Political violence and domestic terrorism is on the rise and right-leaning officials seem to be the latest target.
It saddens everyone to report that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, a close ally to President Donald Trump, was shot dead on Friday in the city of Nara during a campaign event.
Abe, 67, was mid-speech around 11 am when he shot at a campaign event in Nara, Japan. The former Prime Minister was speaking at a campaign event ahead of an election for Japan’s House of Councilors, their upper chamber of parliament, comparable to the U.S. Senate.
He collapsed only seconds after being shot. Security guards and police officers can be seen rushing toward the injured Abe in a series of graphic videos. Immediate medical attention was given to the prime minister on the scene before eventually being lifted off to a local hospital.
Video of the first of the two shots fired at @AbeShinzo during a campaign rally on Friday outside a commuter rail station in Nara: https://t.co/vGEF2habD9
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 8, 2022
Upon arrival, Abe showed no vital signs and had two gunshot wounds to his neck, damage to his heart, and internal bleeding, according to the doctor who treated him. Abe was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts, including surgery and a blood transfusion, failed, according to his doctor.
Shinzo Abe died at Nara Medical University hospital at 5:03 p.m. Japan time.
Japanese authorities identified Tetsuya Yamagami as the suspected shooter and arrested him on the scene for attempted murder, now murder, of Prime Minister Abe. Yamagami is a Nara-area man and former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. Details of Yamagami’s motives are sparse but seem to indicate a political frustration at Abe’s right-leaning domestic policies and close relationship with President Donald Trump.
【男を逮捕】安倍元首相が撃たれ心肺停止 演説中に2発、容疑の41歳男を逮捕https://t.co/1f7vX6zZhu pic.twitter.com/YgF6wiUcAg
— 朝日新聞デジタル (@asahicom) July 8, 2022
Police confiscated a homemade shotgun on the scene. Eye witness video shows clouds of smoke produced by the gun upon firing it at Abe.
This photo of @AbeShinzo on the ground receiving CPR after being shot is from @kyodo_official. pic.twitter.com/hQJAQLePls
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) July 8, 2022
Current Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida immediately condemned the assassination “in the strongest terms” and swiftly traveled back to Tokyo, canceling all campaign events.
The U.S. reacted strongly to the assassination of Shinzo Abe.
Following the murder, Donald Trump immediately released a statement honoring his “true friend” Shinzo Abe.
— Dan Scavino Jr.🇺🇸🦅 (@DanScavino) July 8, 2022
The two developed a great diplomatic bond during Trump’s first term that directly benefitted U.S. efforts to quell North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
Abe championed a number of economic reforms such as monetary easing, heightened fiscal stimulus, and other reforms that have become known as Abenomics.
Abe sought to strengthen ties with the United States and the West. He was regarded as a pioneer of the “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept that has since been integrated into the framework for the U.S. strategy for the region.
Like Trump, Abe was a vocal critic of China.
Ambassador to Japan for the Biden administration Rahm Emanuel expressed condolences as well.
We are all saddened and shocked by the shooting of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Abe-san has been an outstanding leader of Japan and unwavering ally of the U.S. The U.S. Government and American people are praying for the well-being of Abe-san, his family, & people of Japan.
— ラーム・エマニュエル駐日米国大使 (@USAmbJapan) July 8, 2022
Japan is largely regarded as one of the safest countries in the world and is known for enforcing some of the strictest gun control laws. Gun violence is typically uncommon, especially murder, so Abe’s assassination serves as a real shock to the Japanese psyche.
However, Abe’s assassination isn’t the first instance of political violence in Japan.
In 1932, Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshia was also shot by a group of junior naval officers during an attempted coup. In 1960, socialist leader Inejiro Asanuma was knifed down by an assailant wielding a sword. Most recently, Iccho Ito, mayor of Nagasaki, was gunned down in 2007.
Meanwhile, online leftists are making a mockery out of the assassination of Shinzo Abe, proving once again the frightening level of sociopathy that seemed to fuel the left.
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