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Japan Weighs Moving Against Unification Church

Government is investigating fundraising activities

(Newser) - Japan's government, which is investigating the Unification Church's fundraising practices in light of the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is considering going to court to have the church dissolved if the evidence gathered is convincing. A Japanese newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, reported that government officials said...

'You Were a Person Who Should Have Lived Much Longer'

Japan's Shinzo Abe was given a state funeral Tuesday

(Newser) - Japan's assassinated hawkish former leader, Shinzo Abe, was given a state funeral Tuesday, making him just the second politician to receive the honor in post-war Japan, reports the BBC . The event has deeply split public opinion. In addition to the thousands who took to the streets in protest, Japan'...

Abe's $12M State Funeral May Have Spurred Self-Immolation

Man set himself on fire near Japanese prime minister's office in Tokyo

(Newser) - A man set himself on fire outside the Japanese prime minister's office in apparent protest of a state funeral for the assassinated ex-leader Shinzo Abe. It happened on Wednesday, on what would've been Abe's 68th birthday. The elderly man, initially found unconscious with burns to his entire...

Japan Police Chief Takes Responsibility for Shinzo Abe's Assassination

Report found holes in Abe's police protection, and he's stepping down

(Newser) - Update: Japan's national police chief is taking responsibility for the assassination of Shinzo Abe by stepping down. The National Police Agency on Thursday released a report regarding its failure to protect Abe and the holes it found in Abe's police protection. Chief Itaru Nakamura announced his resignation the...

Unification Church May Be Source of Suspect's Grudge

Mother of man held in Abe's killing is a member

(Newser) - The Unification Church confirmed Monday that the mother of the man accused of killing Shinzo Abe is a member, raising the possibility that it's the organization against which the suspect held a grudge. Japanese police have said the suspect told them he was motivated by a grudge against a...

After Assassination, Voters Give Abe's Party a Boost

Former prime minister's party on track for strong showing in parliamentary elections

(Newser) - Japan voted Sunday in the shadow of the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that brought heightened security as party leaders avoided mingling with crowds in last-minute campaign stops. Exit polls for the election for the parliament's upper house showed Abe's governing party certain to win a...

Japan to Vote Sunday While Nation Mourns
Police Chief
in Abe's Death
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Police Chief Accepts Responsibility in Abe's Death

Campaigning goes on as Japan prepares for election Sunday

(Newser) - Police in Japan struggled Saturday to answer for the flaws in their security plans to protect former prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot to death during a political appearance Friday. Even while questions mounted for police, funeral arrangements were made, the nation mourned, and campaigning went on, the New ...

Expert: Weapon That Killed Abe Was 'No Standard Shotgun'

Police say they found homemade guns in raid of suspect's house

(Newser) - Japanese police said they found multiple homemade weapons in a raid Friday on the residence of the man held in the assassination of Shinzo Abe, several of which are similar to the one they say was used to kill the former prime minister. The murder weapon is more than a...

'Hard to Think of a More Unexpected Place'
'Hard to Think
of a More

'Hard to Think of a More Unexpected Place'

Japanese laws mean gun violence is almost non-existent

(Newser) - There will be no erasing the scars carved into Japan with Friday's assassination of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, say those familiar with Japanese society. The country has been "brought to a standstill by the news," which is especially shocking given that gun crime is almost non-existent...

Japan Had 9 Gun Deaths in 2018. The US Had 39K
Making Abe's
Death More Jarring:
That a Gun Was Used
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Making Abe's Death More Jarring: That a Gun Was Used

Gun violence is practically zero in Japan

(Newser) - One theme that keeps emerging in coverage of Shinzo Abe's fatal shooting in Japan is that gun deaths are rare in Japan. But just how rare they are—and how strict the nation's gun laws are—might still come as a surprise:
  • Comparison: Japan had a total of

Shinzo Abe Was a 'Complex, Polarizing' Figure
Shinzo Abe Leaves
a Mixed Legacy

Shinzo Abe Leaves a Mixed Legacy

Assassinated ex-PM was 'complex, polarizing' figure in Japan

(Newser) - Shinzo Abe was a political blueblood groomed for power. Japan's longest serving prime minister, he was also perhaps the most polarizing, complex politician in recent Japanese history, the AP reports. Abe, who was assassinated Friday , angered both liberals at home and World War II victims in Asia with his...

The World Reacts to Shinzo Abe's Assassination
The World Reacts to
Shinzo Abe's Assassination

The World Reacts to Shinzo Abe's Assassination

A 'dark day for Japanese democracy'

(Newser) - World leaders are expressing sadness, shock, and outrage at the assassination of a man many of them knew personally—Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister. Abe, who resigned in 2020, was fatally shot while delivering a speech at a campaign event in western Japan Friday. Former Australian prime minister...

Ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe Dies After 'Barbaric' Shooting

Suspected assassin identified as Tetsuya Yamagami

(Newser) - Doctors were unable to save Shinzo Abe, Japan's former prime minister, after he was shot during a campaign event Friday. The 67-year-old died from his injuries after the attack in Nara, western Japan, public broadcaster NHK has confirmed. Abe, who resigned in 2020, was Japan's longest-serving prime minister....

Japanese Ex-PM Shinzo Abe Shot in Chest During Speech
Japanese Ex-PM Shinzo Abe
Shot in Chest

Japanese Ex-PM Shinzo Abe Shot in Chest

Details are still developing

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new details on Abe's condition. The former prime minister of Japan was reportedly shot in the chest during a political speech Friday afternoon. Media outlets were initially using words like "apparent shooting" to describe the still-unclear sequence of events, but photos from...

There's a New World Leader's Name to Memorize

Former cardboard factory employee Yoshihide Suga is Japan's new prime minister

(Newser) - Yoshihide Suga, a self-made politician and the right-hand man to his predecessor, was officially elected by Parliament on Wednesday as Japan's new prime minister and leader of the world's third largest economy. The 71-year-old head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party replaces Shinzo Abe, who resigned due to...

Japan's Next Leader: Just Like Abe, Except for One Thing

Yoshihide Suga says he lacks diplomacy skills of outgoing PM, who had good relations with Trump

(Newser) - Yoshihide Suga was elected as the new head of Japan’s ruling party on Monday, all but assuring that he will become the country's new prime minister when a parliamentary election is held later in the week, per the AP . Despite his low-key image, Suga, 71, has been a...

A Tearful Shinzo Abe Announces Resignation

Japanese PM says he's stepping down for health reasons

(Newser) - An emotional Shinzo Abe held a press conference Friday to make a big announcement, for a second time: He's resigning. The BBC reports that the 65-year-old prime minister of Japan has long suffered from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but after his issues started recently worsening, he made...

Japan Has Big Issue With Statue of a Kneeling Man

Tokyo questions whether bronze figure in South Korean garden represents Shinzo Abe

(Newser) - A pair of new statues in South Korea of a man kneeling in front of a girl symbolizing a victim of sexual slavery by Japan's wartime military is the latest subject of diplomatic sensitivity between the countries, with Tokyo's government spokesperson questioning whether the male figure represents the...

Japan Thought Virus Was Under Control. Now, 'Cries of Desperation'

COVID-19 infections are surging, country's emergency medical system is collapsing

(Newser) - Hospitals in Japan are increasingly turning away sick people as the country struggles with surging coronavirus infections and its emergency medical system collapses. In one recent case, an ambulance carrying a man with a fever and difficulty breathing was rejected by 80 hospitals and forced to search for hours for...

For First Time, Olympics Will Be Held in an Odd Year

Japan Prime Minister Abe, IOC head in '100% agreement' games must be postponed till 2021

(Newser) - Serious rumblings of a postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo began over the weekend , and are now official. Per the Wall Street Journal , Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach by phone on Tuesday, and the two agreed that putting off the Games...

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