Japan Reels From Shinzo Abe’s Assassination
The unheard event shocked Japan’s populace – the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a campaign rally. Murders are rare in Japan, and guns are rarely used. Immediately the police located and arrested 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, who is a former Japanese Navy member. When questioned, he expressed displeasure with Abe and intended to kill him. Ironically, he added that he did not have a grudge against Abe’s political beliefs. The gun found at the site appeared to be homemade. Gun violence in Japan is extremely rare.’
Abe was rushed by ambulance to the hospital where he soon succumbed to his wounds. Tuesday, 12 July, saw crowds lining the streets as Abe’s body was transported to a private funeral at the Zojoji Temple in Tokyo. Crowds gathered outside with the traditional symbols of good luck – flowers, notes, and green tea. The crowds along the streets bowed their heads in prayer and respect. After the funeral, Abe’s body was taken to the Kirigaya Funeral Hall for cremation. Shinzo Abe was Japan’s longest-serving premier.