NHK reports that Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minister of Japan, was shot while giving a speech in Nara.
The outlet reported that he “collapsed” and was bleeding, as gunfire was heard around 11:30 a.m. Japan Standard Time.
Abe held the position of prime minister in Japan from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020. BBC News reported that Abe quit the post in 2020 after a long battle with ulcerative collitis.
Abe’s friendship with Donald Trump (ex-President of the United States) is well-known in the American political community. Trump was an avid fan of Abe.
“The President called Prime Minister Abe the greatest prime minister in Japan’s history,” former White House Spokesman Deere said in a 2000 statement, after they had a phone call, according to Reuters.