Shinzo Abe, a former Japanese prime minister, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022, after being shot in Nara, Japan, by Tetsuya Yamagami, 41.

The longest-serving prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, was shot in the chest during a public event, and his condition remained critical for a few hours. According to a Reuters story, this is the first assassination of a current or previous prime minister of Japan in about a century.

Shinzo Abe was married to Akie Abe at the time of his death. The couple did not have any children.


Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe

Who is Tetsuya Yamagami

Tetsuya previously served for three years in the Japanese navy’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). He resides in the city of Nara. A witness claims that Tetsuya, the alleged shooter, did not try to flee after the incident.

As Abe’s security personnel entered, he put down his pistol and stood still. The security personnel on the scene quickly detained Tetsuya Yamagami, and a gun was discovered nearby.

Yamagami was detained by police on suspicion of trying to kill someone, according to the Japanese news outlet NHK World.

Why Did Tetsuya Yamagami Shoot former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?

Tetsuya Yamagami admitted to investigators that he planned to kill Shinzo Abe because he was “dissatisfied” with the former prime minister.


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