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Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe taken to hospital after possible gunshot

The former PM has gone into cardiac arrest after collapsing from a suspected shooting. This is a developing story.

By: Nicole S. Castro on July 8, 2022 at 11:45 PHT

Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe has been rushed to the hospital after collapsing in the middle of a speech in the city of Nara.

Former PM Shinzo Abe | PHOTO COURTESY: Nikkei

An NHK reporter at the scene said they heard two consecutive bangs during Abe’s speech, suggesting a shooting. A 42-year-old male suspect has been detained.

Japanese media entities have reported the former premier was not conscious and appeared to be in cardiac arrest.

Source: NHK World, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Rappler, Al Jazeera




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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