Today, Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe shot in the chest during a campaign . Mr. Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, announced his resignation because of poor health in August 2020, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy. After serving nearly eight years in office, making him the longest-serving Japanese PM, health ailments like a relapse of bowel disease led Abe to step down in August 2020.
He has remained a dominant presence over the ruling Liberal Democratic party (LDP), controlling one of its major factions.Abe was in heart failure after apparently being shot during a campaign speech in western Japan. Shinzo Abe was in Nara campaigning ahead of Sunday’s election for the parliament’s upper house and was giving a speech when people heard a gunshot.
Police arrested a male suspect at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.It was not immediately clear how serious Abe’s injuries were or if he was still displaying vital signs. The attack was a shock in a country that’s one of the world’s safest and with some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere. It was not immediately clear how serious Mr. Abe’s injuries were or if he was still displaying vital signs.