JAPAN: Shinzo Abe, the 67-year old Former Prime Minister fatally shot during a campaign event in the western region of Nara on Friday.
He is the longest-serving Japanese prime minister, who made it his political mission to vanquish his country’s wartime ghosts but fell short of his ultimate goal of restoring Japan as a normalized military power, was assassinated on Friday in the city of Nara, Japan. He was 67.
He was transported to a local hospital and died there almost five hours later, hospital officials said.
Abe was a sprightly 52 when he first became prime minister in 2006, the youngest person to occupy the job in the postwar era.