– Gun violence and political violence are both very rare in Japan
– Tetsuya, 41, shot the former prime minister 2 times in the back
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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead during a campaign event on Friday. Shinzo Abe was attacked at 11:30 a.m. local time in Nara, in western Japan.
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Shinzo Abe was speaking during a program before the upper house election on Sunday when he was shot and fell to the ground. The assailant later fired a shot that went through his back and reached his chest. The attacker fired a total of 2 shots.
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How to kill
The attacker was found to have used a handmade gun. He hid the gun with black tape. The licensing process for obtaining short barrel shotguns in Japan is very tough. Where the assailant got the gun is also a question.
Gun violence and political violence are both very rare in Japan. A team of security police was with Abe even though the shooter came very close to him. Police have arrested him on charges of attempted murder.
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Who is this attacker
The assailant was identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a former member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). He has also worked as an assistant professor at a local university. Tetsuya, 41, shot the former prime minister twice in the back. One of the bullets hit him in the left chest while the other hit him in the neck.
What is JMSDF?
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) is also known as the Japanese Navy. It is a maritime warfare branch of the Japan Self-Defense Force, working with the Japanese Naval Defense. The JMSDF was formed after World War II, replacing the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). JMSDF has a fleet of 154 ships, 346 aircraft and 50,800 personnel.
3 major objectives of JMSDF
1. Protecting Japan and surrounding areas.
2. Ensuring the safety of maritime transport.
3. Maintain the necessary security environment.