Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is reportedly not breathing after allegedly being shot at a political rally in the Nara area, according to local media.
“Abe, a former prime minister, was shot in Nara at approximately 11:30 a.m. One individual has been arrested and is thought to be the gunman. At this time, it is uncertain how former Prime Minister Abe is doing “Hirokazu Matsuno, the top cabinet secretary, informed reporters.

According to police sources cited by national broadcaster NHK, a man in his 40s was detained for attempted murder and had a pistol seized from him.

Prior to Sunday’s upper house elections, the former leader was giving a stump speech when what appeared to be gunshots were heard. The Kyodo News Agency and NHK said.

Five things to know about former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

  1. He has been prime minister of Japan the longest. He was in office from 2012 to 2020 and again from 2006 to 2008.
  2. He is noted for being a fervent nationalist and conservative and for promoting growth through his forceful economic approach known as “Abenomics.”
  3. Shinzo Abe increased military funding and Japan’s defences, but he was unable to change the pacifist Article 9 of the constitution, which forbids the use of a permanent army for purposes other than self-defense.
  4. Abe was renowned for taking a stronger position when dealing with North Korea. Abe started concentrating on strengthening connections between Japan and ASEAN, India, and Australia in 2014.
  5. During the reign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to attend India’s Republic Day parade as the head guest.

By adele rose

Adele Rose is the senior editor and employee of WGBS Pvt Ltd Digital wing.

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