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Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe was a former Japanese prime minister, its longest serving one over two separate stints (2006–7 and 2012–20). He represented Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party, and was a political conservative who was controversial during his time in office for his defensiveness over Japan’s WW2 atrocities, and his desire for the Japanese military to start playing a more interventionist role abroad (something they are currently restricted from doing by the Japanese constitution).

Abe was assassinated on 8 July 2022 in the city of Nara, while on the campaign trail for upper house elections that were due two days later. He was shot by a 41-year-old man who’d formerly been in the Japanese navy, who appeared to have built his own gun. Apparently the man had falsely believed Abe was connected to a religious organisation that he disliked.