Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was campaigning for his party in the city of Nara on Friday, July 8. A man emerged from the crowd wearing a surgical mask and carrying a weapon. It was Tetsuya Yamagami who had it. He fired twice, shooting Abe dead.
Guardian Tokyo correspondent, Justin McCurry To tell Michael Safi The killing took Japan by surprise, where gun crime is rare. Since then, Japanese politics has been rocked, not just by the murder of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, but by the reasons behind it.
After confessing to the murder, Yamagami revealed his motive: a grudge against the Unification Church or the “Moonies”, who he believed had ties to Abe. It turns out that there are a surprising number of connections between the ugly people and the controversial church. until it becomes impossible and a major headache for the new prime minister.
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