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Abe shooting was unforgivable act of violence, regardless of reason

Many questions remain, including whether security was adequate

Shinzo Abe speaks at a rally in July 2019. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

The assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was an unforgivable assault on democracy. While details of the suspect's motives are gradually emerging, we unreservedly condemn this shocking attempt to silence a public figure through violence.

Abe was shot while making a campaign speech on the morning of July 8 in the western city of Nara. He was rushed by helicopter to a hospital for emergency treatment, but was pronounced dead later that evening.

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