Voters are preparing to vote in the Senate elections at the polling place in Tokyo on July 10, 2022. REUTERS / Issei Kato
Tokyo: On Sunday, the Japanese went to vote behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and shot while giving an election speech to the ruling party, which was likely to win a big victory.
During a vote on Sunday, police in West Japan sent the alleged assassin to the local public prosecutor’s office for an imminent investigation into the alleged murder. To be a former Japanese leader who is still influential.
Half of the Senate, the first former or service leader to be assassinated in postwar Japan, in a country still recovering from the shock, sadness and fear of Prime Minister Abe’s shootings, the weakness of Japan’s bicameral parliament Senate voting has begun.
Prime Minister Abe was shot dead in Nara on Friday and airlifted to a hospital, but died of blood loss. Police arrested a former member of the Japanese Navy at the scene. Police confiscated his homemade gun and some others were later found in his apartment.
Tetsuya Yamagami told investigators that he acted because Abe had been rumored to have a relationship with an indignation organization, but the political views of the former leader were fine. According to media reports, the man hated a religious group whose mother was obsessed with and bankrupted his family business. It also includes those who have identified the group as the Unification Church.
Akie Abe, accompanied by his wife Akie Abe, returned to his home in Shibuya, a high-class residential area in Tokyo, and was honored by many mourners, including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, his predecessor, and party leaders. His awakening and funeral are expected in the coming days.
Nara Prefectural Police Tomoaki Onizuka said on Saturday that the assassination of Abe was the “greatest regret” in his 27-year career, and that security issues could not be denied. He said he was planning to review it.
The assassination of Prime Minister Abe prior to Sunday’s parliamentary elections shocked the public and questioned whether the former Prime Minister was provided with sufficient security.
Some observers who watched the attack video noticed a lack of attention in the open space behind Abe when he spoke.
Experts also said that Prime Minister Abe was more vulnerable to standing on the ground than standing on a campaign vehicle, which is the standard for top politicians, but because of his urgent visit to Nara. It is reported that the option was not available.
Mitsuru Fukuda, a professor of crisis management at Nihon University, said police focused on the front lines and paid little attention to what was behind Prime Minister Abe, leaving the suspect unnoticed until the first shot. He said he was approaching the leader.
“There was obviously a problem,” Fukuda said.
The first shot barely missed Abe and hit the election vehicle. The second, entering from his upper left arm, damaged an artery in his neck, causing heavy bleeding and death.
Fukuda said the campaign would provide an opportunity for voters and politicians to interact, as “political terrorism” was so rare in postwar Japan. While this is an important democratic process, the assassination of Prime Minister Abe could promote stricter security in crowded events such as campaigns and sports games.
COVID-19 era fist touches instead of handshakes, or other close friendly gestures they enjoyed, when party leaders went out for their final appeal under enhanced security on Saturday. Wasn’t there anymore.
After the assassination of Prime Minister Abe, Sunday’s elections have new implications, emphasizing their pledge that all political leaders will not retreat to the importance of free speech and violence against democracy.
Fumio Kishida said at the final rally on Saturday in northern Niigata, “violence absolutely refuses to block free speech. Democracy and elections do not retreat to violence.” I have to prove that. “
According to the Asahi Shimbun, Yamagami was a contract worker driving a forklift in a warehouse in Kyoto. At first he was said to be a quiet person, but he began to ignore the rules that led to a fight with his colleagues, then lost his job due to health problems and quit in April. A neighbor in his apartment said he had never met Yamagami in the morning sun, but he remembered the saw-like sound that was used several times late at night last month.
Japan is known for its strict gun control. According to the latest government criminal newspaper, the population is 125 million and there were only 21 gun-related criminal cases in 2020, 12 of which were gang-related. However, experts suggest that recent attacks include the use of consumer goods such as gasoline, increasing the risk of the general public being involved in mass attacks.
Media research predicts that the LDP will win a big victory as opposition collapses and is weak, but the wave of sympathy votes from Prime Minister Abe’s assassination has struck a modest goal for Fumio Kishida’s majority of homes. It can bring more wins than you can win.
Even after resigning as Prime Minister in 2020, Prime Minister Abe had a great influence on the LDP and led the largest faction. According to experts, his absence could change the power balance of the ruling party, which has ruled postwar Japan almost uninterrupted since its founding in 1955.
Mr. Fukuda said that “this could be a turning point” for the LDP on issues such as gender equality and same-sex marriage that the super-conservative party, which has the values of a paternal family supported by Prime Minister Abe, resisted. ..
Japan’s current diplomatic and security stance will not change, as Prime Minister Abe has already undergone fundamental changes. His ultranational views and realistic policy measures have made him a divisive figure for many, including South Korea and China.
Prime Minister Abe resigned two years ago and accused him of relapsed ulcerative colitis since he was a teenager. His goals include the issue of the Japanese abducted by North Korea many years ago, the territorial issue with Russia, and the revision of Japan’s war abandonment constitution, which many conservatives admit to humiliation due to lack of public support. He said he regrets leaving many unfinished.
Prime Minister Abe was groomed to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi. His political rhetoric often focused on making Japan an “ordinary” and “beautiful” country with a stronger army through its security alliance with the United States and its greater role in international affairs.
He became Japan’s youngest prime minister at the age of 52 in 2006. However, his overly nationalistic first mission abruptly ended a year later for his health, prompting a six-year annual change of leadership.
He returned to power in 2012 and vowed to revitalize the country and lift the economy out of deflationary stagnation with a formula of “Abenomics” that combines fiscal stimulus, monetary easing and structural reforms. Grasp the power.