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Shinzo Abe assassination: Doctors say bullet penetrated former Japan PM's heart

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Former Japan prime minister Shinzo Abe was pronounced dead on Friday afternoon, the hospital treating him confirmed, after he was shot at a campaign event

Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died on Friday after being shot while campaigning for a parliamentary election, as per reports. 

A man opened fire on Abe, 67, from behind with an apparently homemade gun as he spoke at a drab traffic island in the western city of Nara.

Immediately after the attack, Abe was rushed to a hospital. The police have arrested the man suspected of attacking Abe. Police identified the suspected shooter as Tetsuya Yamagami, a resident of Nara.

Condoling the demise of former Japanese premier Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he dedicated his life to making the world a better place and as a mark of India's deepest respect, one-day national mourning shall be observed on 9 July.

08 Jul 2022, 10:21:36 PM IST

Biden to visit Japan embassy following ex-PM Abe's death

US President Joe Biden said he will visit the Japanese embassy in Washington to sign a condolence book after Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was gunned down on Friday.

08 Jul 2022, 09:15:34 PM IST

Facebook, Twitter remove Shinzo Abe assassination videos

Twitter, Facebook parent Meta and other social media companies scrambled Friday to police videos on their platforms of the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that break rules on harmful content.

08 Jul 2022, 06:36:59 PM IST

'Bullet penetrated the heart'

Doctors who attended to Shinzo Abe in the hospital say "bullet penetrated the heart". "There was a gaping hole in the heart attributed to the gun wound," a doctor said. He was shot twice in the neck, doctors have said.

08 Jul 2022, 06:34:22 PM IST

Dalai Lama expresses grief over assassination of Shinzo Abe

Tibetan spiritual leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, expressed grief over the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and offered his condolences to him and his family.

08 Jul 2022, 06:29:56 PM IST

Abe shooting suspect said he used handmade gun

Japanese police on Friday named the suspected killer of former prime minister Shinzo Abe as unemployed 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, who told officers he had used a handmade gun.

08 Jul 2022, 06:22:28 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi condoles death of former Japanese PM

Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was shot on Friday while delivering a campaign speech in Nara city in western Japan.

08 Jul 2022, 05:57:42 PM IST

Assassination of Japan's Shinzo Abe stuns world leaders

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who hastily returned to Tokyo from campaign events around the country, called the shooting “dastardly and barbaric."

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking with the Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers at a trilateral meeting in Bali, said Abe's assassination was “profoundly disturbing" and a "personal loss for so many people."

Leaders from Turkey to Singapore condemned the attack, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the shooting “despicable."

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted his “deepest condolences to his family and the people of Japan at this difficult time."

08 Jul 2022, 05:48:58 PM IST

Difficult to believe that Shinzo Abe is no more: Prez Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday condoled the death of Shinzo Abe and said he found it difficult to believe that the former Japanese prime minister was no more.

08 Jul 2022, 05:47:52 PM IST

Tricolour to be flown at half-mast across India tomorrow

The national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout India on Saturday on all buildings where it is flown regularly with the government announcing a day of mourning as a mark of respect to former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe.

08 Jul 2022, 05:18:58 PM IST

Section of Chinese social media celebrates shooting of Shinzo Abe

Social media users in China were up to their usual self of mocking the loss of its “enemy". Many were seen celebrating the incident while some were referring to the missing of the 7 July anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident, which marked Japan's full-scale invasion of China in 1937.

08 Jul 2022, 04:34:44 PM IST

Man behind Abe's shooting 'planned to target religious group exec'

The man under arrest for allegedly shooting former Japan PM Shinzo Abe during a stump speech has told police that he intended to target a senior official of a religious group, as per a local media report.

During questioning, he cited the name of a specific religious group and told, "I intended to target this senior official (of the group)."

08 Jul 2022, 04:17:33 PM IST

France's Macron: Japan has lost a great prime minister in Shinzo Abe

Japan has lost a great prime minister, French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday in a tribute to Shinzo Abe after the former Japanese premier's death in a shooting attack during an election campaign event.

"Japan has lost a great prime minister, who dedicated his life to his country and worked to ensure order in the world," Macron said on Twitter.

08 Jul 2022, 03:40:52 PM IST

Japan PM Kishida 'lost for words' after Abe assassination

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he was "lost for words" after the assassination of former premier Shinzo Abe on Friday.

"I was praying that his life would be saved, but despite that, I came to learn of (his death). It is truly regrettable. I am lost for words. I offer my sincere condolences and prayers that his soul may rest in peace," an emotional Kishida told reporters.

08 Jul 2022, 03:18:42 PM IST

Shinzo Abe died of blood loss: Hospital

Abe died of blood loss, despite being administered blood transfusions in large quantities, said Nara Medical University hospital.

08 Jul 2022, 03:16:46 PM IST

Hospital confirms Shinzo Abe's death

Shinzo Abe was pronounced dead on Friday afternoon, the hospital treating him confirmed.
"Shinzo Abe was transported to (the hospital) at 12:20 pm. He was in a state of cardiac arrest upon arrival," said Hidetada Fukushima, professor of emergency medicine at Nara Medical University hospital.

"Resuscitation was administered. However, unfortunately he died at 5:03 pm," he said. 

08 Jul 2022, 03:06:17 PM IST

Shocked and saddened: PM Modi

PM Modi took to Twitter to express his sadness over the former Japan PM's death. 

“I am shocked and saddened beyond words at the tragic demise of one of my dearest friends, Shinzo Abe. He was a towering global statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator. He dedicated his life to make Japan and the world a better place," wrote the PM. 
“My association with Mr. Abe goes back many years. I had got to know him during my tenure as Gujarat CM and our friendship continued after I became PM. His sharp insights on economy and global affairs always made a deep impression on me," he added. 

08 Jul 2022, 02:58:08 PM IST

India to observe state mourning tomorrow

Expressing his condolence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that India will observe national mourning tomorrow following former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's death. 

“As a mark of our deepest respect for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, a one day national mourning shall be observed on 9 July 2022," PM Modi wrote on Twitter. 

08 Jul 2022, 02:40:54 PM IST

Japan's gun control laws

Japan has some of the world's toughest gun-control laws, and annual deaths from firearms in the country of 125 million people are regularly in single figures.

Getting a gun licence is a long and complicated process for Japanese citizens, who must first get a recommendation from a shooting association and then undergo strict police checks.

08 Jul 2022, 02:25:12 PM IST

Japanese former prime minister Abe has died: Reports

Japanese former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died, news agency Reuters reported, citing local media. 

08 Jul 2022, 02:00:11 PM IST

'No grudge against Abe's political beliefs', says shooter

The shooter told police that he has no grudge against Shinzo Abe's political belief.

08 Jul 2022, 01:50:59 PM IST

Chinese nationalists gloat over Shinzo Abe's attack

Chinese nationalists posted celebratory messages on social media hailing the "hero" assailant and sending "death wishes" for Shinzo Abe, news agency ANI reported.

Badiucao, a Chinese political cartoonist, artist and rights activist based in Australia shared a number of screenshots of various Chinese social media accounts, which apparently celebrated the attack on the former Japanese Prime Minister.

A user from WeChat said that "i hope it is the current Japanese PM got shot)... and Korean one too".

08 Jul 2022, 01:50:00 PM IST

'Hope he recovers soon,' China expresses shock at Shinzo Abe's shooting

China said it is shocked by the attack on former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, and hopes he is out of danger and recovers soon.

The incident shouldn’t be linked to ties between the two nations, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

08 Jul 2022, 01:39:33 PM IST

Shinzo Abe receiving blood transfusion

According to BBC News, Abe's younger brother said that the former Japanese PM is currently receiving a blood transfusion in hospital.

08 Jul 2022, 01:26:30 PM IST

Shinzo Abe is fighting for his life: Local media

Japan's former premier Shinzo Abe is fighting for his life after being shot at a campaign event. Abe has been admitted to Nara Medical University hospital.

08 Jul 2022, 12:49:17 PM IST

Japan Police: Suspect 'intended to kill' former PM Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe reportedly remains in hospital without vital signs after being shot on the street on Friday. There is not any new update on Abe's condition. According to NHK news, emergency officials say Shinzo Abe does not appear to have any life signs.

The local Liberal Democratic Party office says Abe's appearance was decided on Thursday night and those details were later released to supporters.

08 Jul 2022, 12:40:31 PM IST

Japan PM condemns 'barbaric' attack on Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has condemned the "barbaric" attack on former PM Shinzo Abe and said that such kind of act is never permissible in any democracy.

In a live address to the country today, Kishida said ,"It is barbaric and malicious and it cannot be tolerated. We will do everything we can. At this moment, doctors are working very hard to save Mr. Abe."

08 Jul 2022, 12:20:57 PM IST

Shinzo Abe: Chronology of major events related to former Japan's prime minister

List of major events related to Shinzo Abe, who was shot by a gunman Friday in western Japan.

September 21, 1954: Shinzo ABe was born in Tokyo

April 1979: Begins working at Kobe Steel Ltd

November 1982: Begins working as a secretary for his father Shintaro Abe, then foreign minister

September 21, 2003: Becomes the secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

September 20, 2006: Becomes president of the LDP after its leadership election.

September 26: Appointed as Japan's 90th prime minister.

July 29, 2007: Presides over the LDP's crushing defeat in the House of Councillors election.

September 12: Announces his intention to resign as prime minister.

September 26, 2012: Returns to the LDP presidency after its leadership election.

December 26, 2012: Takes office as Japan's 96th prime minister.

December 24, 2014: Appointed as Japan's 97th prime minister.

May 3, 2017: Shinzo Abe unveils a plan to seek a first-ever change to the pacifist Constitution.

November 1, 2017: Appointed as Japan's 98th prime minister.

August 24, 2020: Shinzo Abe becomes Japan's longest-serving prime minister in terms of consecutive days in office.

August 28, 2020: Announces resignation as prime minister due to a flare-up of his chronic intestinal disease.

July 8, 2022: Attacked by a gunman in Nara Prefecture.

Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was attacked and left bleeding at a campaign event in the Nara region on July 8, 2022, local media reported. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
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Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was attacked and left bleeding at a campaign event in the Nara region on July 8, 2022, local media reported. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP) (AFP)
08 Jul 2022, 12:08:57 PM IST

Shinzo Abe's grandfather was also a target of assassination attempt

Shinzo Abe's maternal grandfather and former prime minister Nobusuke Kishi was attacked and stabbed during his final days in office by a man affiliated with right-wing groups in 1960. He survived.

08 Jul 2022, 12:06:43 PM IST

Shooting of Shinzo Abe shocks Japan where guns are rare

After 90 years, a political violence has happened in Japan. According to the Bloomberg news agency, the last time a current or former Japanese prime minister was shot was after World War 1.

In 1932, Prime Minister Tsuyoshi Inukai was killed in office by Navy staff plotting to provoke war with the US (they also originally sought to kill Charlie Chaplin, who was visiting Japan at the time). The last time a Japanese politician was shot and murdered was in 2007, when the mayor of the southern city of Nagasaki was targeted outside a station.

The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in Japan was 310,400 in 2019, or 0.25 per 100 people, the lowest level among the G-7 countries, according to GunPolicy.org. That’s compared with 393 million guns, or 120 per 100 people, in the US, and 3.2 million, or 5 per 100 people, in the UK.

08 Jul 2022, 11:59:02 AM IST

Shinzo Abe shooting: Japan's police says gun was handmade

The police have arrested Yamagami Tetsuya for the attempted murder of Abe, according to the NHK report. A gun seized at the scene appears to be handmade, the police claimed.

Yamagami Tetsuya shot former Japan PM Shinzo Abe on Friday
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Yamagami Tetsuya shot former Japan PM Shinzo Abe on Friday
08 Jul 2022, 11:49:06 AM IST

Shinzo Abe in 'very grave condition': Japan PM 

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said former premier Shinzo Abe is in a "very grave condition".

"It is a barbaric act during election campaigning, which is the foundation of democracy, and it is absolutely unforgivable. I condemn this act in the strongest terms," Kishida said.

"I pray that former prime minister Abe will survive," he added.

08 Jul 2022, 11:38:09 AM IST

Shinzo Abe attacker: All you need to know about Tetsuya Yamagami

Japanese former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot on Friday by a 41-year-old man, named Tetsuya Yamagami. According to the local police, Yamagami is the resident of Nara where the attack took place. Nara had served in Japan military. He is a former member of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force, the country's equivalent of a navy.

In this image from a video, a man, center, is detained near the site of gunshots in Nara, western Japan Friday, July 8, 2022. Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan and was airlifted to a hospital but he was not breathing and his heart had stopped, officials said. (Kyodo News via AP)
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In this image from a video, a man, center, is detained near the site of gunshots in Nara, western Japan Friday, July 8, 2022. Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan and was airlifted to a hospital but he was not breathing and his heart had stopped, officials said. (Kyodo News via AP) (AP)
08 Jul 2022, 11:29:04 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi 'shocked' over attack on Shinzo Abe

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed his "shock" over the attack on Shinzo Abe and called him the "instrument" in deepening Indo-Japanese relations.

"Shocked to hear the news of the attack on former PM of Japan, Shinzo Abe, who has been instrumental in deepening Indo-Japanese ties. Prayers for his recovery. My thoughts are with his family," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

08 Jul 2022, 11:26:04 AM IST

Deeply distressed by the attack on 'my dear friend': PM Narendra Modi

On Friday's gunshot incident, PM Narendra Modi wrote, "Deeply distressed by the attack on my dear friend Abe Shinzo. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, and the people of Japan".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo on Tuesday. (File photo: ANI Photo/ANI Pics Service)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo on Tuesday. (File photo: ANI Photo/ANI Pics Service) (ANI)
08 Jul 2022, 11:20:31 AM IST

Shinzo Abe shot on left side of chest

A Kyodo photograph showed Abe lying face-up on the street by a guardrail, blood on his white shirt. People were crowded around him, one administering heart massage.

TBS Television reported that Abe had been shot on the left side of his chest and apparently also in the neck.

In this image from a video, Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, falls on the ground in Nara, western Japan Friday, July 8, 2022. Abe was shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan and was airlifted to a hospital but he was not breathing and his heart had stopped, officials said. (Kyodo News via AP)
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In this image from a video, Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, falls on the ground in Nara, western Japan Friday, July 8, 2022. Abe was shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan and was airlifted to a hospital but he was not breathing and his heart had stopped, officials said. (Kyodo News via AP) (AP)
08 Jul 2022, 11:09:47 AM IST

Shinzo Abe critically shot in shock Japan attack

Shinzo Abe was in cardio and pulmonary arrest after being shot and was taken to a prefectural hospital.

Shinzo Abe shot on Friday
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Shinzo Abe shot on Friday
08 Jul 2022, 10:58:19 AM IST

Shinzo Abe: Education and political career

Shinzo Abe, became Japan's prime minister twice (2006–07 and 2012–20).

Abe is member of a prominent political family. His grandfather Kishi Nobusuke served as Japan’s prime minister from 1957 to 1960, and his great-uncle Sato Eisaku held the same post from 1964 to 1972.

He graduated from Seikei University in Tokyo (1977) and then moved to the United States, where he studied political science at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

In early 1980s, Abe became active in the Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP), and in 1982 he began working as secretary to his father, Abe Shintaro, who was Japan’s foreign minister.

Abe became the country’s first prime minister to have been born after World War II and its youngest since the war.

08 Jul 2022, 10:46:39 AM IST

'This is a very, very sad moment,': US Secy Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken voiced alarm and sadness on Friday after the shooting of Japan's former prime minister, and a longtime ally of Washington.

"This is a very, very sad moment," Blinken told reporters at a G20 meeting in Bali, saying the United States was "deeply saddened and deeply concerned".

08 Jul 2022, 10:42:11 AM IST

Shinzo Abe 's shooting suspect is…?

According to Kyodo News, Shinzo Abe shooting suspect is ex-member of Self-Defense Forces.

08 Jul 2022, 10:39:04 AM IST

About former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: 5 points

1. He is Japan's longest-serving prime minister. He held office in 2006 for one year and again from 2012 to 2020.

2. He has a reputation as a staunch conservative and nationalist, and for stimulating growth with his aggressive economic policy known as "Abenomics".

3. Shinzo Abe boosted Japan's defences and boosted military spending, but has been unable to revise the constitution's pacifist Article 9, which bans a standing army for anything other than self-defence.

4. Abe was known for approaching North Korea with a firmer stance. In 2014, Abe began focussing on building ties between Japan and ASEAN, India, and Australia.

5. Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to attend India’s Republic Day parade as the chief guest during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses with an Akita Inu puppy presented to Russian figure skating gold medallist Alina Zagitova, in Moscow, Russia May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poses with an Akita Inu puppy presented to Russian figure skating gold medallist Alina Zagitova, in Moscow, Russia May 26, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo (REUTERS)
08 Jul 2022, 10:27:22 AM IST

Shinzo Abe: How and when did the attack happen?

As per the media reports, Shinzo Abe was shot while he was delivering a stump speech at an event ahead of Sunday's upper house elections when the apparent sound of gunshots were heard.

He was airlifted to a hospital but he was not breathing and his heart had stopped.

Abe was giving a speech when people heard gunshots. He was holding his chest when he collapsed, his shirt smeared with blood, but was able to speak before he fell unconscious.

08 Jul 2022, 10:26:09 AM IST

Shinzo Abe shooting raises policy doubts as Yen gains

The shooting of Shinzo Abe is spurring market debate over a potential loss of support for Bank of Japan’s super easy monetary policy after an initial rush to haven assets Friday.

The yen gained with Treasuries, with the currency rising as much as 0.5% as details filtered through about the shocking attack at Shinzo Abe.

08 Jul 2022, 10:17:24 AM IST

Shinzo Abe in ‘very bad condition’ and ‘not responding': Local media

According to the local media, Shinzo Abe's condition is very severe. The hospital told NHK news, that Abe is in ‘very bad condition’ and is ‘not responding’.

08 Jul 2022, 10:11:03 AM IST

Watch | Shinzo Abe immediately taken to hospital after he was shot twice

Shinzo Abe was taken to hospital as he was unresponsive after being shot during a political event.

08 Jul 2022, 10:03:29 AM IST

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe feared dead: Local media

Shinzo Abe was feared dead on Friday after apparently being shot at a campaign event in the Nara region. "The first shot sounded like a toy. He didn't fall and there was a large bang. The second shot was more visible, you could see the spark and smoke," a young woman at the scene told NHK media.

"After the second shot, people surrounded him and gave him cardiac massage," she added.

08 Jul 2022, 09:57:12 AM IST

Shinzo Abe's attacker in police custody

A man in his 40s has been arrested for attempted murder of the former Japan's premier. His gun has also been confiscated.

Shinzo Abe 'Shinzo Abe shot in Japan during campaign speech (Source: @WarNewsUpdates)'
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Shinzo Abe 'Shinzo Abe shot in Japan during campaign speech (Source: @WarNewsUpdates)'
08 Jul 2022, 09:55:52 AM IST

Japan PM Fumio Kishida to return to Tokyo from campaigning

The incumbent Japan prime minister Fumio Kishida will be returning to Tokyo from campaigning after Shinzo Abe shot in the chest during a campaign speech.

08 Jul 2022, 09:53:46 AM IST

'Saddened and shocked' by shooting of Shinzo Abe: US Envoy

US ambassador Rahm Emanuel said that the country is "saddened and shocked" by the shooting of Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

08 Jul 2022, 09:48:50 AM IST

Watch video| How attacker shot gun on Shinzo Abe

Two videos broadcast by NHK showed what appeared to be gun smoke coming from behind Abe as he spoke and a man being tackled by security personal on the street soon afterward. Abe was rushed to a hospital immediately and may have gone into cardiac arrest.

 

08 Jul 2022, 09:46:26 AM IST

Shinzo Abe was shot twice

The 67-year-old former prime minister was shot twice from behind about three meters (10 feet) away while campaigning for Sunday’s upper house election in the western city of Nara.

08 Jul 2022, 09:43:40 AM IST

Shinzo Abe unconscious after shooting; Man in custody

Shinzo Abe was unconscious and unresponsive after being shot in the chest during a political event.

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