Former #Japanese #PrimeMinister Shinzo Abe was attacked by a man from behind while he was making a stump speech on a street in #Nara on Friday. The #Police seized the man who attacked Abe at around 11.30 am: The Japan Times#NewsUpdate #ShinzoAbe
Result Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was injured in an apparent shooting during Sunday’s parliamentary election campaign, Japanese state broadcaster NHK reported.
The Japanese politician was taken to a hospital after accepting what he believed was a bullet during a speech in the city of Nara (western Japan) on Friday, according to the aforementioned media.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot in the chest while making a speech on the streets of the country’s west, Japan’s NHK news agency reported. Abe, who ruled the country until 2020, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest, the first report showed. A suspect has been detained and is being questioned, according to local media.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed on Friday while campaigning for a political party in the Japanese city of Nara. Japan’s longest-serving prime minister bid farewell to the country’s postwar peace and is having a lasting impact on Tokyo’s security posture, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, as Japan and its allies unite against an increasingly assertive China.
In four terms — his second in office lasted nearly eight years in a difficult political environment, and some prime ministers were lucky enough to survive a year — Abe helped persuade a reluctant Japanese public to take a tougher approach to China’s rise s stance, more bullish on defense spending, an overwhelmed Japanese military, and a redesign of the rhetorical underpinnings of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (commonly known as the Quad).
“He really elevates Japan’s foreign policy and Japan’s role on the global stage,” said Jeffrey Hornon, a political scientist specializing in East Asian security at the RAND Corporation. “He’s the guy who pushes the quads and the free and open Indo-Pacific forward. He helps provide the structural, conceptual ideas for what needs to be delivered at a time when it looks like it’s crumbling.”
Japan was buried in a “lost decade” in the 1990s, and until Abe came along, Japan largely eschewed strategic thinking. But Tokyo’s strategic outlook is starting to change as Abe tries to bring Japan’s once-mighty economy back to high growth through easy monetary policy and fiscal stimulus, which has earned him the moniker “Abenomics.”
Abe has played a central role in expanding Pacific security thinking to include India to lure non-aligned New Delhi into the dialogue without blatantly angering China. In 2007, during his first short term in office, Abe delivered a speech on his first visit to India outlining his vision for a “convergence of the two seas” between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, laying the groundwork for a future “free and open India”. foundation. The concept of -Pacific” was later adopted by the United States. He is also widely credited as the founder of Quad, which began as an informal organization after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and was later repositioned as a regional security forum.