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Shinzo Abe

Abe killing was likely preventable: Japan police report

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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center, is surrounded by security as he leaves a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing on Aug. 6.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's national police revealed Thursday lapses in security for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before his assassination in July and said it will overhaul protection of leaders and other key figures, including from overseas.

Had the matter been handled appropriately, the outcome "likely could have been prevented," a report from the probe concluded, referring to the fatal shooting of Abe as he gave a campaign speech for his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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