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Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe passes away after fatal gunshot in Nara

The late PM has succumbed to his injuries after being shot earlier this morning, July 8, in Nara City.

By: Nicole S. Castro on July 8, 2022 at 17:18 PHT

As of 17:00 PHT, news outlets across the world are reporting the death of Japan's Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was in Nara City this morning for a campaign event.

The late Former PM Shinzo Abe | PHOTO COURTESY: Al Jazeera China

Abe was shot while delivering a speech. An NHK reporter at the scene reported hearing two consecutive bangs before Abe collapsed on the ground and lost consciousness. He was rushed to the hospital with no vital signs and in a state of cardiac arrest.

Authorities are still investigating the incident. A 42-year-old-male suspect was detained earlier this morning while Abe was still in critical condition.




Nicole is based in the Philippines and works as a freelance Japanese Translator/Interpreter and copywriter (English). She is a JLPT N2 passer who watches anime to "study" for N1. She has a long career history on LinkedIn (with primary focus on media and translation), but her anime watchlist is much, much longer.


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