Japanese Prime Minister Says Police Made Mistakes in Abe’s Assassination

Prime Minister Kishida said that police protection was not tight enough that Mr. Abe was shot while giving a public address and died later.

“I think there is a problem with the security measures,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on July 14, referring to the protection of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “I urge them to conduct a thorough examination and make the necessary repairs, and study cases in other countries.”

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot twice by suspect Tetsuya Yamagami while giving a speech in front of Nara prefecture station. Mr. Abe later died at the hospital from his injuries. Photos and videos show suspect Yamagami approaching Mr. Abe from behind, while the bodyguards focus on keeping an eye on the front.

Prime Minister Kishida said officials from the National Public Security Commission and the National Police Agency were investigating what happened and planned to put in place countermeasures. A team of national police officials went to Nara prefectural police headquarters on July 15 to investigate.

Two bodyguards of former Japanese prime minister Shizo Abe grabbed the limbs of suspect Tetsuya Yamagami in Nara city on July 8.  Photo: AFP.

Two bodyguards of former Japanese prime minister Shizo Abe grabbed the limbs of suspect Tetsuya Yamagami in Nara city on July 8. Image: AFP.

Police believe Yamagami, a former member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, had been planning to assassinate Mr. Abe for at least a year because he told investigators he started making guns around summer. spring 2021. Yamagami said he inserted a plastic shell containing six marbles into a steel tube stuffed with gunpowder, and then fired with an electric trigger so that all six balls were fired at the same time.

Experts say the security net protecting Mr. Abe is too loose, allowing the suspect to access to open fire. Yamagami blended into the crowd listening to Mr. Abe’s speech and fired two shots from behind, about 5 meters from the podium, where the bodyguards could not stop or shield the former prime minister.

Abe's assassination suspect

The moment the suspect approached and opened fire on Mr. Abe on the morning of July 8 in Nara, Japan. Video: Twitter/DKUTON.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida on the afternoon of July 8 ordered increased security for ministers and other politicians. Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on July 12 that the Japanese government may issue regulations related to homemade guns.

Nguyen Tien (Theo ABC News)

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