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Shinzo Abe’s Death Highlights Fringe Japan Political Party That Criticized Him

  • NHK Party member linked Abe to religious groups in campaign
  • Suspected shooter was angry at religious group: Kyodo
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Shinzo Abe's Legacy

The assassination of Shinzo Abe has drawn attention to a fringe political party that had criticized him ahead of Sunday’s upper house election for alleged connections to religious groups. 

Social-media users have highlighted comments by Akihiko Kurokawa, secretary-general of the NHK Party, alleging during a campaign debate last month that Abe was to blame for obscure funding of religious groups in Japan allegedly used as a front for “foreign spy activities.”