Japanese PM calls Abe’s condition grave

Abe is receiving emergency assistance, Kishida said. On the morning of July 8, an assassination attempt was made on the former prime minister. After leaving office, he remains one of the most influential politicians in Japan

Fumio Kishida

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the condition of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after the assassination attempt was grave. Kishida was answering a question from reporters, the broadcast was broadcast by Asahi TV channel.

“I know that the condition is now serious. He is receiving emergency assistance, — Kishida said. He expressed hope that the ex-premier would be able to survive.

The Prime Minister added that all the details of what happened are still unknown. He called the attack vile, barbaric and unforgivable.

Abe was assassinated on the morning of 8 July. When the former prime minister was giving a campaign speech to the upper house of parliament in the city of Nara, he was shot at. The attacker turned out to be 41-year-old local resident Tetsuya Yamagami, who previously served in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Nihon TV reported. The man was detained.

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Abe is hospitalized. According to the Nikkei, the ex-premier was diagnosed with cardiac arrest.

Abe was Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020. Despite leaving office, he remains one of the most influential politicians in the country: since November 2021, Abe has headed the largest faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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