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politicsClosed Jul 8, 2022
Former Japan PM Abe Dies After Being Shot
  • Former PM Abe died after being shot at political event
  • Abe was treated for four-and-a-half hours in hospital
  • Incident took place two days before upper house vote
  • Japan PM Kishida says election campaigning will continue
  • Man who attacked Abe has been arrested, NHK says
Here are the KEY TAKEAWAYS from the assassination of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who died in hospital after he was shot Friday at a political event.

  • Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot in the neck while campaigning in the western city of Nara. Media reports said the 41-year-old male suspect used what appeared to be a home-made weapon
  • Doctors treated Abe for four-and-a-half hours, but he was already in cardiopulmonary arrest when he arrived at the hospital
  • Current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said campaigning for the elections scheduled for Sunday will continue
  • Japan has some of the strictest gun laws among leading economies and shootings are rare
  • Abe served as prime minister from 2006-2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. He pursued a hawkish foreign policy and is known for backing an aggressive economic growth strategy aimed at fighting deflation