Shinzo Abe, the previous prime minister of Japan, has died after being shot, Japan broadcaster NHK reported Friday, citing sources on the Liberal Democratic Get together.
Japanese publication Nikkei additionally reported that Abe has died, citing sources near him.
The Nara Medical U Hospital, the place Abe was taken for medical remedy after the capturing, is because of make an announcement shortly.
The 67-year-old former prime minister was shot whereas delivering a speech on Friday within the metropolis of Nara, close to Kyoto.
Abe, who was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was campaigning on behalf of the governing LDP forward of elections for the nation’s higher home Sunday.
Present Prime Minister Fumio Kishida mentioned the assault was “a despicable and barbaric act that passed off within the midst of an election, which is the muse of democracy,” including that it’s nonetheless being investigated.
The incident despatched shockwaves by means of Japan, a rustic the place gun violence is extraordinarily uncommon.