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After being taken to hospital, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died of his injuries after being shot several times at a campaign event on Friday. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Finance Minister Mihály Varga commemorated him on social media.
The politician was assassinated on Friday during an election campaign event in the city of Nara. He was immediately taken to hospital where he later died of his serious injuries.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was attending an event when he was shot in the back. Local media, citing the former ruling Liberal Democratic Party, reported that Abe was unconscious and bleeding from his neck after the attack.
According to the Japanese news agency Kyodo, the seriously wounded former head of state was taken to hospital by helicopter. Police detained a man in his 40s, the suspected perpetrator, and authorities also seized a homemade gun.
Shinzo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1954, the heir to a political dynasty, and it is no coincidence that he followed in its footsteps.
He was elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in 2006 and was sworn in as Japan’s prime minister on September 26th.
He stepped down a year later, but was re-elected prime minister in 2012 and remained in office until 2020, when he was forced to resign for health reasons. He became the longest-serving prime minister of Japan.
Despite his health problems, he remained active in politics. He was also attending a campaign event at the time of the assassination. He was speaking on behalf of Councillor Abe Kei Satō, the Liberal Democratic Party’s candidate for re-election, ahead of the upper house elections on Sunday.
Kisida Fumio, the current Prime Minister of Japan, called the assassination attempt in the midst of the election campaign, a brutal act and totally inexcusable. He said he was a personal friend of the former prime minister, from whom he had received valuable advice and support.
Although Kisida announced after the assassination that he would suspend his election campaign, Kyodo news agency later reported that he would resume preparations for the upper house elections on Sunday.
Firearms attacks are rare in Japan, mainly due to strict gun control rules: in order to obtain a gun, one must first be recommended by a shooting club, followed by a thorough police check.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán posted the following photo both on his Facebook and Instagram page with the caption “Hungary has lost an important friend. God rest your soul, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe!”
A bejegyzés megtekintése az Instagramon
Finance Minister Mihály Varga also shared a picture with the late politician on Facebook, writing: “The murder that ended the life of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is shocking. In 2019, I had the opportunity to speak to him as Deputy Prime Minister at a joint meeting of the V4 and Japan in Bratislava. We have lost a true friend of Hungary. May he rest in peace.”
Featured image via Viktor Orbán’s Facebook page