Who is Tetsuya Yamagami, suspected man who shot former Japan PM Shinzo Abe
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the apparent attack in Nara
NHK says Abe was bleeding when he collapsed and was rushed to a hospital
Tetsuya Yamagami has been arrested for attempted murder
Japan news agency NHK has named the suspect arrested in Shinzo Abe shooting as Tetsuya Yamagami, a man who is said to be 42 years old. He is arrested for attempted murder.
Some gave his name as Yamagami Tetsuya. Journalist Matthew Keyes reported, "Man arrested on suspicion of shooting former Japan PM Shinzo Abe has been identified as Tetsuya Yamagami of Nara prefecture."
On Friday, former Japan PM Shinzo Abe was shot at in western Japan, reported Japan-based media house NHK. He was rushed to the hospital, where he reportedly showed "no vital signs."
Abe collapsed and was bleeding after apparently being shot during a campaign speech in western Japan, NHK public television said Friday.
NHK says Abe was bleeding when he collapsed and was rushed to a hospital.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the apparent attack in Nara. He was standing while making an election campaign speech ahead of Sunday’s election for the parliament's upper house.
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"Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo collapsed during a speech in the city of Nara, in western Japan. Initial reports say he may have been injured. An NHK reporter on site heard something that sounded like a gunshot, and saw Abe bleeding," it said in an alert.
Supporters of Abe said that his legacy was a stronger US-Japan relationship that was meant to bolster Japan's defense capability. But Abe made enemies too by forcing his defense goals and other contentious issues through parliament, despite strong public opposition.
Abe is a political blue blood who was groomed to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi. His political rhetoric often focused on making Japan a "normal" and "beautiful" nation with a stronger military and bigger role in international affairs.