Shinzo Abe is in ‘Grave’ Condition After Suffering Gunshot Wound to Neck; Here’s What We Know So Far – Opinion

Fumio Kishida (Japan’s Prime Minister) rushed from Tokyo to Tokyo upon hearing that Shinzo Abe, former Prime Minster of Japan was shot in the neck during Nara’s Friday morning speech. When Kishida arrived, approximately three hours after the shooting, he held an emotional news conference saying that the attack was “not a forgivable act” and that Abe was in critical condition with doctors “fighting to save” him.

NHK, a Japanese television station, reported Abe in cardiopulmonary arrest. However, an official with Nara City Fire Department stated that Abe was awake and responding while being transported to hospital.

Kishida also said the country was “trying to comprehend this tough situation” and that authorities would “take appropriate measures to handle the situation.”

Tokyo-based CNN reporter Junko Ogura said Abe “suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his neck,” citing the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in Tokyo, while reports on NHK said he was also shot in the chest.

NHK reports that Tetsuya Yogami was also arrested by Nara police for the incident. Media reports say the suspect told police he was “dissatisfied with Abe and wanted to kill him.” After shooting Abe, Yamagami didn’t attempt to escape and was wrestled to the ground by security. NHK reported that police took a firearm from Yamagami, though it’s not clear what kind of gun this is.

Abe was giving a stump speech in Nara outside of a station train. Two shots had just rang out.

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CNN says that there are other heads who send good wishes.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen A Facebook post also condemned the shooting and called Abe a close friend.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard wrote on Twitter that he deeply regrets the shooting. “We hope that he can overcome the serious medical situation in which he finds himself,” he wrote.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and the people of Japan,” wrote Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, on Twitter.

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö You can also see it here tweeted that he was “deeply shocked” by the “violent attack,” extending his thoughts to Abe’s family and the Japanese nation.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said he was shocked by the “sad news,” adding: “We send our prayers & best wishes for his early recovery & good health.”

The President of European Council Charles Michel, called the shooting a “cowardly attack,” praising Abe as “a true friend, fierce defender of multilateral order & democratic values.”

Soon after the shooting took place, Rahm Emanuel, US Ambassador to Japan, tweeted his well-wishes. It occurred at around 11:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time.

As of press time (3 AM Eastern Daylight Time, July 9, 2022) there is no word from the White House at all about the assassination attempt on Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister.

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