February 21, 2024

Shinzo Abe, key advocate for resolution of abduction issue, dead at 67

Japan’s longest-serving prime minister dies after being shot in the late Friday morning

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who brought international attention to North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals, died on Friday after he was shot in the city of Nara, Japan. 

Abe was fired on while giving a public speech in support of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidates late Friday morning. According to a source familiar with the incident but not authorized to speak to the media, the former prime minister suffered from bleeding on the right side of his neck, as well as subcutaneous bleeding (bleeding into the skin) from the left side of his chest.