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Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe shooting reawakens Japan to 'lone wolf' threat

Few red flags make solo crimes harder to predict and prevent

Tetsuya Yamagami, the man suspected of assassinating Shinzo Abe, is not known to be affiliated with any specific groups.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by a gunman apparently acting on his own underscores the difficulty of preventing such attacks in Japan, where police still focus on organizations despite notable lone-wolf incidents in recent years.

Shooting suspect Tetsuya Yamagami reportedly told police after his arrest Friday that he was not driven by animosity toward Abe's political beliefs.

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