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    Posted: July 08 2022 at 2:01am

[url]https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220708_39/[/url] or https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220708_39/ ;

Japan's former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo reportedly has no vital signs after being shot on the streets of the western prefecture of Nara. Police arrested a man for attempted murder.

The incident happened Friday morning in Nara City. An NHK reporter was at the scene. She heard two gunshots at around 11:30, shortly after Abe began to speak. She filmed footage which appears to show security guards at the event apprehending someone.

Sources with the investigation tell NHK a gun seized at the scene appeared to be handmade.

Abe was rushed by medevac to a hospital in Kashihara City in the prefecture.

Rescue officials say Abe was wounded and bleeding on the right side of his neck. They say he also has internal bleeding in his left chest and has no vital signs.

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[url]https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/former-japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-shot-chest-rushed-hospital[/url] or https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/former-japanese-pm-shinzo-abe-shot-chest-rushed-hospital

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Feared Dead After Assassination Attempt

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FRIDAY, JUL 08, 2022 - 04:51 AM

Update (2317ET): Accroding to Kyodo news, former Japanese Prime Minister Abe is reportedly showing no signs of life and has suffered from cardiac arrest after being taken to the hospital, according to police and fire officials

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[url]https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/07/the-death-of-a-capable-revisionist.html[/url] or https://www.moonofalabama.org/2022/07/the-death-of-a-capable-revisionist.html ;

Some of the most monstrous Class A war criminals of the second word war, which include Abe's grandfather, were buried at the Yasukuni Shrine. The shrine and its attached museum are off-limits for most Japanese politicians. But Shinzo Abe prominently visited it because he carried the ideology of those who are buried there:

The core of Abe’s historical revisionism is not just that the bandit-infested territories of China and Korea demanded Japanese tutelage in the 1930s and 1940s, but also that the Japanese Empire was leading the fight of the oppressed peoples of Asia against British colonialism and American imperialism—in other words, the real war crime of World War II was U.S. aggression against Japan. The United States, and its pretensions to moral superiority over Japan, as well as China and Korea’s presumptuous claims to virtuous victimhood, were a target of Abe’s Yasukuni visit.

His policies of furthering militarism and conflict, especially with China and both Koreas, while making nice with Russia were born out of that ideology.

Shinzo Abe's last stint as prime minister lasted eight years. That was astonishing long as prime ministers in Japan only rarely serve longer than one year. It requires special qualities to politically survive as long as Shinzo Abe did.

Gun crimes in Japan are extremely rare. Of the dozen a year that actually happen most are between rivaling groups of the Japanese mafia, the Jakuza.

The Japanese police will likely find that the gunman was a 'lone individual'. That may well be, but there are certainly others who will gain from the incident. As William Pesek writes in Asia Times:

Though the motives and longer-term implications of this attack are impossible to assess, one political dynamic may have been altered: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida may now have greater latitude to stay on past his one-year mark in office come October.

Even though the Abe camp denied it, Tokyo was abuzz with chatter that Abe, who stepped down in September 2020, might toss his hat in the ring for a third stint as leader. Abe first served as premier from 2006 to 2007, then from 2012 to 2020.

Abe had been playing a behind-the-scenes kingmaker role since resigning. Speculation was rife that he was unhappy seeing Kishida walk back Abe’s signature efforts at detente with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Abe also reportedly disliked the optics of Kishida pledging to reform, at long last, Asia’s No 2 economy, the implication being that so-called “Abenomics” failed to put Japan on a more vibrant path.

Japanese prime ministers don’t tend to last more than 12 months. Abe’s eight-year run was a stark outlier. Suffice to say, Kishida will not need to be looking over his shoulder at Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) powerbroker Abe. This Sunday’s upper house elections are likely to give Kishida a firmer grip over his factional party, allowing him to emerge from the shadow of leaders past.

Kishida's policies are otherwise mostly in line with Abe's. He wants a strong militaristic Japan that can project power abroad. The U.S. is furthering that as it helps with its anti-China policies. But it should be careful what it wishes for.

Japan is a latent nuclear power as it has stored quite a bit of uranium and plutonium:

Japan has 47.8 tons of high sensitive separated plutonium., 10.8 tons of which are stored in Japan, enough to make 1350 nuclear warheads. In addition, Japan also has about 1.2 tons of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) for research reactors.

The country has the knowhow to handle such material. In a crisis situation it could quickly build nuclear bombs. Japan has long range delivery vehicles due to its space program. Once unleashed a revisionist Japan would be a danger, not only for its immediate neighbors, but for the U.S. itself.

Chian and both Koreas will be relieved that Shinzo Abe, the capable revisionist, is gone.

I wonder at which shrine his ashes will be buried.

DJ...Yesterday bojo rule in the UK came to an end...Today Abe murdered...what is next ?

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