Shinzo Abe, Former Japanese Prime Minister, Shot During Campaign Speech in Nara

The former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe may have gone into pulmonary cardiac arrest after getting shot twice in the back while giving a speech. This incident took place while Shinzo was giving a speech in Nara City, Kansai.

Video Footage And Official Statements

Reportedly the gunman shot Shinzo Abe twice in the back. Videos taken at the scene of the shooting, show the Japanese politician immediately collapsing after the shots. Reporters at the scene claim after they heard the sound of gunshots they noticed the former Prime Minister bleeding on the ground

Here is video footage of what went down at the scene of the incident.

Trigger Warning: The following video may contain disturbing content.

Hirokazu Matsuno, the Chief Cabinet Secretary released an official statement for the reporters, explaining the situation. His statement contained the details of the shooting and updates.

He said: “Former prime minister Abe was shot at around 11:30 local time (02:30 GMT) in Nara. One man, believed to be the shooter, has been taken into custody. The condition of former prime minister Abe is currently unknown.”

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He also added: “Whatever the reason, such a barbaric act can never be tolerated, and we strongly condemn it”.

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Witness Accounts Of The Incident

According to the people who were present at the scene of the crime, there noticed a man with a large gun. The man was standing behind Shinzo Abe. They then heard the sound of a gun going off twice during the speech.

The witnesses noted that the shooter showed no interest in fleeing the scene. Instead, they saw him waiting for the authorities to realize and initiate his arrest.

The NHK broadcast team reported that Abe was “conscious and responsive”.

They noticed the weapon the authorities took from the shooter. It appeared to be an improvised double-barrel shotgun, a rare sight in Japan. This is because as per Gun Policy Data after Singapore, Japan has the second lowest gun violence rate in the world.

Reportedly speculations suggest the gunman was a former member of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force. The Maritime Self Defence is a naval defense branch of the Japan Self Defense Forces.

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About Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe, is Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. He governed in 2006 for a year. He then and again served from 2012 to 2020. After his eight-year-long tenure, he ultimately stepped down due to health issues. He had a debilitating bowel condition ulcerative colitis.

During his tenure, Abe tries his best to amend the constitution imposed upon Japan after WW2. This was because the Constitution prevented the formation of a Japanese military with advanced offensive capabilities. He also took action to increase Japan’s declining fertility by devoting millions of dollars to ‘marriage programs’.

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