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Shinzo Abe: Japanese Government Condemns Shotgun Attack Against Former Prime Minister

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The government of Japan condemned this Friday the attack with a shotgun suffered by the former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during an electoral act this morning, and said that they are still collecting information about his state of health.

“This barbarism cannot be forgiven, regardless of the person’s reason, so we strongly condemn it and will do our best to help,” Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said.

Matsuno did not provide more information about the former president’s state of health, which according to the ambulance service, He would be in cardiorespiratory arrest and was transferred to a hospital. after the incident to try to restore his vital signs.

The Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishidahas canceled his election agenda and is on his way to Tokyo where he is expected to speak to the press.

Japan’s former Minister of the Interior and Communications, Sanae Takaichi, also condemned the attack, saying that hope abe is alive and that “it does not condone political terrorism”, while Satoshi Nakanishi, defense minister at the time of Abe, said that “terrorism and violence should not be condoned”.

“We are saddened and shocked by the shooting of the former prime minister. Abe has been an outstanding leader for Japan and a staunch ally of the United States.” said the US ambassador to Tokyo, Rahm Emanuel.

The former Japanese president was shot in the back while giving a campaign speech on the street near a train station in the city of Nara. (west), according to local police, who have arrested a man as the alleged perpetrator of the attack.

The conservative leader was today at a campaign event for the partial elections to the Upper House of the Diet (Parliament of Japan) that are held this Sunday, in which the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD) of Abe and the current prime minister , Fumio Kishida, hopes to revalidate his vast majority.

Election rallies are usually held in Japan in the middle of the street and with few security measures, due to the low rate of crime and attacks with firearms typical of the Asian country.


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