America isn’t the only country experiencing a rise in political violence.
What is largely a non-violent country with barely any instances of gun violence, Japan was hit on Friday with a massive tragedy.
Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, 67, was mid-speech around 11 am when he shot at a campaign event in Nara, Japan. The former Prime Minister was speaking at a campaign event ahead of an election for Japan’s House of Councilors, their upper chamber of parliament, comparable to the U.S. Senate.
Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japan's history, has been assassinated! He has been declared dead.
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Upon arrival at the hospital, Abe showed no vital signs and had two gunshot wounds to his neck, damage to his heart, and internal bleeding, according to the doctor who treated him. Abe was pronounced dead after resuscitation efforts, including surgery and a blood transfusion, failed, according to his doctor.
Shinzo Abe died at Nara Medical University hospital at 5:03 p.m. Japan time.
Japanese authorities identified Tetsuya Yamagami as the suspected shooter and arrested him on the scene for the attempted murder of Prime Minister Abe.
Yamagami is a Nara-area man and former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force. He admitted to police officers Abe’s murder was politically motivated.
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Police confiscated a homemade shotgun on the scene. Eye witness video shows clouds of smoke produced by the gun upon firing it at Abe.
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Following the murder, Donald Trump immediately released a statement honoring his “true friend” Shinzo Abe. Like Trump, Abe was a vocal critic of China and the two developed a great diplomatic bond during Trump’s first term that directly benefitted U.S. efforts to quell North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
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Abe championed a number of economic reforms such as monetary easing, heightened fiscal stimulus, and other reforms that have become known as Abenomics.
He was regarded as a pioneer of the “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept that has since been integrated into the framework for the U.S. strategy for the region.
Right-wing officials and conservatives can clearly see the left is out for blood as it’s been evident as of late that submission to their progressive agenda is not an option.