Shinzo Abe’s body was transferred to Tokyo and preparations for his funeral began

The body of the former premier was transferred to Tokyo from the Nara region, where he was treated after the fatal attack

Japan on Saturday mourned the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose body was flown to Tokyo from the western city where he was shot dead at close range on the campaign trail.

The hearse carrying former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived at his home in the Shibuya district of the Japanese capital on Saturday.

The car arrived around 1:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, according to the Japanese television network. NHK.

The assassination of Japan’s best-known politician shook the country and sent shock waves around the world, particularly given the country’s low levels of violent crime and strict gun laws.

Some people left flowers and prayed at the place where the attack on Abe took place

The man accused of shooting Abe is in custody, and police say he confessed to murdering former prime ministermotivated by the belief that Abe was linked to an unspecified group.

Police were investigating the unemployed 41-year-old’s background, including claims he had served in the Maritime Self-Defense Force, Japan’s navy, and said he appeared to have used a handmade weapon.

Abe was giving a speech in Nara ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections when he was shot, and campaigning resumed on Saturday morning, with politicians saying they were determined to show that democracy would prevail.

“We absolutely must not tolerate violence during an election to suppress speech,” Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told some 600 supporters in Japan’s central Yamanashi region, according to the newspaper. Yomiuri Shimbun.

The hearse that transports former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived this Saturday at his home in the Shibuya district, in the Japanese capital.
The hearse that transports former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived this Saturday at his home in the Shibuya district, in the Japanese capital.

The Yomiuri and other Japanese media at Kishida’s first campaign event since the assassination described a tense mood and high levels of security, with a metal fence put up to separate the leader from the crowd.

Early Saturday, a hearse carrying Abe’s wife, Akie, and believed to be carrying the former leader’s body, left the hospital in western Japan where he was treated.

Doctors said Friday that Abe he showed no vital signs when he arrived and died from massive blood lossdespite massive transfusions.

They described multiple wounds on the politician’s neckwith internal damage that reached his heart.

The man accused of shooting Abe is in custody, with police saying he has confessed to killing the former prime minister, motivated by a belief Abe was linked to an unspecified group.
The man accused of shooting Abe is in custody, with police saying he has confessed to killing the former prime minister, motivated by a belief Abe was linked to an unspecified group.

Abe’s murder shook Japan, and Kishida described the murder as a “barbaric act” that was “inexcusable”.

He was visibly emotional after the former leader’s death was confirmed on Friday, declaring himself “speechless”.

WORLD CONDEMNATION

The international reaction was equally harsh, with US President Joe Biden saying he was “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened”and ordered that the flags on United States government buildings be flown at half-staff.

Australia announced that The Sydney Opera House will be lit up on Sunday in tribute to Abe.

Even the regional powers that Abe had clashed with expressed their condolences. The South Korean president called the assassination an “unacceptable act,” and the Chinese embassy in Japan praised the “contribution to the improvement and development” of Abe’s ties.

The Japanese were stunned on Friday after the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a political rally.
The Japanese were stunned on Friday after the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a political rally.

Investigators were still putting together a picture of the man behind the murder and his motives.

He has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, and police said on Friday that admitted attacking Abe out of a grudge against an organization he believed the former leader was linked to.

They refused to name the organization, although the Japanese media described it as a religious group.

The weapon he used “clearly appears to be handmade,” investigators said, and police in protective gear discovered other apparently handmade weapons that raided Yamagami’s home on Friday.

The suspect, who has been arrested on suspicion of murder, opened fire on Abe shortly before noon on Friday.

The images of the public station NHK showed Yamagami, dressed in a gray shirt and brown pants, approaching from behind before pulling a gun out of a bag.

Apparently, at least two shots were fired, each producing a cloud of smoke. As onlookers and reporters ducked, security yanked him to the ground.

THE LAST GOOD-BYE

Japanese media reported that a wake would be held on Monday night and a funeral on Tuesday for Abe’s close family and associates.

Leaders from around the world condemned the assassination of the former Japanese president
Leaders from around the world condemned the assassination of the former Japanese president

On Friday night and Saturday morning, a steady stream of mourners came to lay flowers and pray for Abe, who had been the longest-serving prime minister of Japan.

“I just couldn’t sit back and do nothing. He had to come,” said 54-year-old Nara resident Sachie Nagafuji, visiting the scene with his son.

Abe was descended from a political family and became the youngest post-war prime minister of the country when he first assumed power in 2006, at the age of 52.

His turbulent first term ended in his resignation for health reasons, but he returned to power in 2012 and remained in office until the return of his ulcerative colitis forced a second resignation in 2020.

His hard-line and nationalist views were divisive, particularly his desire to reform the country’s pacifist constitution to recognize the country’s armed forces, and he endured a series of scandals, including accusations of cronyism.

But others praised him for his economic strategy, dubbed “Abenomics,” and his efforts to put Japan firmly on the world stage, including by cultivating close ties with US President Donald Trump.

(With information from AFP)

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