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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.




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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