Shinzo Abe’s body arrives at his residence in Tokyo

Shinzo Abe's body arrives at his residence in Tokyo

The mortal remains of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, shot dead yesterday during an election act in Nara, arrived this Saturday at his home in Tokyo, accompanied by his widow, Aike, and senior national political figures. Across the country, a population still shocked by the event pays tribute and mourns the death of the most influential local politician of decades, while the investigation continues to clarify the motives of his assassination at the hands of a former soldier.

The hearse left in the morning from Kashihara Hospital, where the former chief was transferred yesterday after being shot twice in the back, after performing the autopsy and other relevant procedures. The vehicle arrived at his home in Tokyo’s Shibuya district after 1:30 p.m. (local time).


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TOPSHOT - This image received from the Asahi Shimbun newspaper shows a man (center R) suspected of shooting former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe being tackled to the ground by police at Yamato Saidaiji Station in the city of Nara on July 8, 2022. - Abe was pronounced dead on July 8, the hospital treating him confirmed, after he was shot during a campaign event in the city of Nara.  (Photo by ASAHI SHIMBUN / AFP) / Japan OUT - NO Internet / NO ARCHIVES

In addition to his widow, who had gone the day before to Nara as soon as she had learned of the attack on her husband, powerful members of her formation, the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) in power, settled in the house. Among those present was also the current Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, who a few months ago had Abe’s endorsement to take over the post and who came to the family residence to convey his condolences for the death of his political mentor.

Meanwhile, investigations into the motives for the murder continue. According to local media, the suspect arrested at the crime scene yesterday, unemployed former military officer Tetsuya Yamagami, told police he originally planned his attack out of spite against “a specific organization” whose name was n was not disclosed. Apparently, the attacker mentioned in his statements problems with this religious organization, to which his mother allegedly donated money and which caused his bankruptcy.

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Japanese citizens line up to make offerings near the site where former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was killed.

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The suspect said he had planned to attack the leader of this group, but given the difficulty of doing so, he chose to attack Abe, who he said had “a close relationship” with the organization . “My family joined this religious group and our life became more difficult after they donated money,” he told police, sources told local newspaper The Asahi Shimbun. “I wanted to attack the head of the organization, but it was very difficult. So, I went after Abe because I thought he was related (to them). I wanted to kill him,” he said. added.

Shinzo Abe's body arrives at his residence in Tokyo
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The detainee for the attack on Shinzo Abe is a former member of the Japanese army


His muddled explanations do not clear up the loopholes surrounding the case, and authorities are still investigating his motives or whether he acted alone. Yamagami said the day before that he had decided to terminate Abe because he was “unhappy” with the president, but “didn’t blame him for his political principles”. Investigators believe that Yamagami planned the attack well in advance, deciding to attack Nara after studying the election acts in different cities announced by Abe himself on the networks, and carrying out live ammunition firing exercises. During a subsequent search of his home, they found several other homemade weapons like the one he used in his attack and explosives also made by the suspect.

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Authorities are still investigating the motives for the attack or whether the attacker acted alone

Abe was attacked as he held a rally in the streets of Nara ahead of the by-elections scheduled for Sunday. After the suspension decreed yesterday of all electoral acts due to the attack, the campaign resumed this Saturday before the scheduled opening of the polls on Sunday, an appointment during which the PLD and its Komeito allies will try to expand its majority.

Shinzo Abe's body arrives at his residence in Tokyo
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También se está analizando el device de seguridad desplegado en acts electorales como el de ayer, que suele ser mínimo a simple vista -sobre todo si se compara con otros países- dado que el país cuenta con uno de los índices de criminalidad más bajos de todo the world. For tomorrow’s elections, the authorities have decided to increase their deployment, and it is likely that security protocols will be reinforced in the future to avoid similar situations.


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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters before attending a meeting of the headquarters for measures against the coronavirus disease at the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 06 April 2020 (reissued 08 July 2022 ).  According to local emergency authorities, on July 8, 2022, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was apparently shot and seriously injured while delivering a speech in Nara, Japan.  The alleged shooter is in custody.  (Japan, Tokyo) EFE/EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

Japanese media reported that a wake will be held on Monday and that the following day his funeral will be celebrated for his relatives. Meanwhile, tributes to the slain former leader follow one another across the country, with queues to make flower offerings and pray in memory of the prime minister who served the longest time in office. nation in its modern history. “I couldn’t sit and do nothing. I had to come,” said Nara resident Sachie Nagafuji, who came to the scene of the attack to lay a bouquet with her son.

Abe’s murder also caused a stir among leaders in the rest of the world. This Saturday, the three other members of the Quad group – the United States, India and Australia – which also includes Japan, hailed Abe as a “transformative leader” for their country and their relationship with each of them. .

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Flower offering in tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, killed yesterday by a gunman

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Even regional powers with whom Abe had serious disagreements during his tenure had words of comfort. Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday sent a message of condolence to Kishida, and the Chinese Embassy in Japan praised his “contribution to the improvement and development” of bilateral relations.


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