Developing Story: Shinzo Abe Not Showing Vital Signs, Feared Dead


Former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, shot a few hours ago, is not showing vital signs. The Guardian which quoted emergency services source, said Abe, who was shot on his left chest and neck before being airlifted to hospital, may have passed.
According to the international news medium, the term, ‘not showing vital sign’ is often used by officials in Japan to describe situations where victims are no longer alive prior to a formal declaration of death.


Meanwhile, his wife, Akie Abe, is already at the hospital in Nara where her husband is being treated.


His attacker, 42 year-old Tetsuya Yamagami from Nara, is being held by the police on suspicion of attempted murder. He is described as a former member of the maritime self-defence force, who quit the job in 2005.

The former prime Minister was shot on the left side of his chest and in the neck in an incident publicly aired on NHK public television. He is seen holding his chest and collapsing on the street as several security guards ran toward him.

Reactions are already pouring in over the incident. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, described the shooting as “…a barbaric act like this is absolutely unforgivable, no matter what the reasons are, and we condemn it strongly.”
Secretary of State, US, Antony Blinken, expressed deep concern over the condition of Abe. According to him,
“Our thoughts, our prayers are with him, with his family, with the people of Japan,” Blinken said on the sidelines of a G20 meeting on the Indonesian island of Bali. “This is a very, very sad moment. And we’re awaiting news from Japan.”
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