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Gearoid Reidy

Shinzo Abe's Assassination Will Scar Japan Forever

This act of violence is all the more stunning in a country known for safety. The repercussions will be felt far beyond Sunday's upper house elections. 

The country has been brought to a standstill.

The country has been brought to a standstill.

Photographer: Kosuke Okahara/Bloomberg
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Japan has been brought to a standstill by the news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died after being shot on the campaign trail for Sunday’s upper house elections. 

A lone gunman attacked Abe, who was pronounced dead at a hospital in Nara from wounds in his chest and neck. This is a tragedy that will have repercussions far beyond this weekend’s voting.