As Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, spoke to the group within the metropolis of Nara, a person in cargo pants and a gray shirt approached from behind, carrying a crude handmade gun. He shot Mr. Abe twice.
Men in fits, apparently the prime minister’s safety element, moved swiftly, chasing down the suspect and tackling him to the bottom. The man, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was arrested on the scene.
While his full motives are unclear, he confessed that he had meant to kill Mr. Abe, in response to the police. The prime minister, he believed, had some affiliation with a bunch towards which Mr. Yamagami held “a grudge.”
“I am in complete shock,” mentioned Ayane Kubota, 37, who was headed house from work in Tokyo and scrolling by means of Twitter to atone for the information on Friday night. “This is so un-Japanese. You never hear about gun violence here. On TV in the United States you hear about it all the time, but not here.”
In a information briefing on Friday night time, police officers from the Nara prefectural workplace mentioned Mr. Yamagami had made the double-barreled gun, about 16 inches lengthy and seven inches vast. The police additionally discovered a number of comparable weapons in his residence close to the location.
The authorities haven’t mentioned what penalty they’ll look for Mr. Yamagami. Japan is likely one of the few extremely developed nations which have capital punishment; six individuals have been executed by hanging previously three years. The legislation permits the demise penalty for homicide, however it’s not often utilized for a single killing.
On Saturday, a hearse introduced Mr. Abe’s physique to his house in Tokyo. His spouse, Akie Abe, accompanied the physique in the course of the trip from Nara, in response to native information protection.
Mr. Abe’s constituency workplace in Yamaguchi mentioned a wake can be held on Monday and a funeral on Tuesday, however it didn’t point out the place the ceremonies would happen.