Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan, was reportedly shot on Friday while giving a lecture in western Japan close to Kyoto, according to a number of media agencies. Hirokazu Matsuno, the country’s chief cabinet secretary, was quoted by media outlets as saying the former prime minister was shot at around 11:30 a.m. local time.
Whatever the motivation, Matsuno proclaimed, “Such terrible conduct can never be accepted, and we firmly condemn it.”
According to the New York Times, which quoted a local fire officer, Abe was unconscious and not showing any vital signs when he was being placed into an ambulance. He was also stated to be bleeding. He was taken in a car to a chopper and airlifted to a hospital. Abe was in cardiac arrest when he arrived, according to several reports.
According to the Japanese media site NHK, a guy was detained on suspicion of trying to kill someone. The site stated that the suspected attacker was a local man in his 40s. The weapon looked to be some sort of modified shotgun on video and in pictures, which is unusual in a nation with among of the strictest gun prohibitions in the world where related violence is exceedingly uncommon. The gun, according to NHK, seemed to be handmade. At the scene, the weapon was taken.
The region was host to a speech by Abe, who has been prime minister of Japan for the longest time. He was one of the most important leaders in Japan after World War II. He retired in 2020 because of ulcerative colitis but continued to be an important member of the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
According to chief cabinet secretary Matsuno, the current prime minister Kishida unexpectedly ended his campaigning to return to Tokyo.
American people are praying for Abe-san, his family, and the people of Japan, wrote Rahm Emanuel, the brother of WME CEO Ari Emanuel and the U.S. ambassador to Japan.