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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, shot in Nara, reports Japan’s NHK

According to public broadcaster NHK, Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was taken to the hospital on Friday after being shot from behind by something that looked like a man with a shotgun while giving a speech in Nara. rice field.

According to the network, according to Kyodo News, Prime Minister Abe (67) appeared to be in cardiac arrest. According to NHK, when Prime Minister Abe gave an election speech outside the station, he heard bullets and saw white smoke.

An NHK reporter at the scene said he heard his bangs twice in a row during Prime Minister Abe’s speech.

The Chief Cabinet Secretary briefs the media at 0400 GMT.

Prime Minister Abe served as Prime Minister for the second term and became the longest-serving Prime Minister in Japan before resigning in 2020 due to poor health.

However, he remains dominant over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and controls one of its major factions.

Analysts said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hopes to get out of the shadow of Prime Minister Abe and serve as Prime Minister in the Upper House elections on Sunday.

Prime Minister Abe is best known for his signature “Abenomics” policy, which features bold monetary easing and fiscal spending.

He also strengthened defense spending after years of decline and expanded the military’s ability to project power abroad.

In the historic change of 2014, his government reinterpreted the post-war pacifist constitution, allowing troops to fight abroad for the first time since World War II. – Reuters

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