Shinzo Abe, Former Prime Minister of Japan assassinated
Shinzo Abe, the former Prime Minister of Japan was shot and killed while giving an election speech on Friday.
Shinzo Abe was Japan’s longest serving Prime Minister
Abe was in office from December 2012 to September 2020. He was Japan’s longest serving prime minister before resigning in 2020 for health reasons, but he remained influential in Japan politics over the last few years.
Shinzo Abe was giving an election speech in the city of Nara when he was approached by a man with a modified shotgun and shot in the chest. He died of his wounds shortly thereafter around 5 PM local time. He was 67 years old.
A suspect was taken into custody after the shooting. Tetsuya Yamagami, a 42 year old from Nara was arrested at the site.
Shinzo Abe Assassinated
Shinzo Abe was probably best known by Americans during the Trump administration. He was famously the recipient of a hilariously long handshake from the former President.
The two worked very closely together throughout a series of North Korean diplomatic misadventures. Trump was among world leaders to express shock at the assassination.
What an absolutely crazy story. We’ll be back to covering sports and whatever crazy local news happens today. Hopefully this is the last bummer story we have to write about for a while.
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