7/12/2022

Shinzo Abe’s Assassin had a Grudge Against the Unification Church

Japan’s longest-serving former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was assassinated after he was shot twice while giving a speech in Nara prefecture during a campaign event. The suspected assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, was apprehended by the police, but he was successful in killing Abe with a homemade sawed-off shotgun. The shooter jaywalked across a two-way street, towards the former prime minister, shooting twice towards his back. According to TBS NEWS DIG, Yamagami assassinated his target in a matter of five seconds while the Nara police and the security had their backs against him. The Japanese news media is raising questions as to why there wasn’t more protection around the former prime minister. Yamagami had a grudge against former prime minister Abe. He believed Abe had promoted a religious group to which his mother made a "huge donation” that led her to go bankrupt. On Monday, the president of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church confirmed that the suspect’s mother was a member – but said neither Abe nor the shooter himself had been members. The Unification Church - whose members are often called the “Moonies” - is a South Korean church notorious for its cult-like behaviors and rituals like mass wedding ceremonies.

7/12/2022

Shinzo Abe’s Assassin had a Grudge Against the Unification Church

Japan’s longest-serving former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was assassinated after he was shot twice while giving a speech in Nara prefecture during a campaign event. The suspected assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, was apprehended by the police, but he was successful in killing Abe with a homemade sawed-off shotgun. The shooter jaywalked across a two-way street, towards the former prime minister, shooting twice towards his back. According to TBS NEWS DIG, Yamagami assassinated his target in a matter of five seconds while the Nara police and the security had their backs against him. The Japanese news media is raising questions as to why there wasn’t more protection around the former prime minister. Yamagami had a grudge against former prime minister Abe. He believed Abe had promoted a religious group to which his mother made a "huge donation” that led her to go bankrupt. On Monday, the president of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church confirmed that the suspect’s mother was a member – but said neither Abe nor the shooter himself had been members. The Unification Church - whose members are often called the “Moonies” - is a South Korean church notorious for its cult-like behaviors and rituals like mass wedding ceremonies.

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Shinzo Abe’s Assassin had a Grudge Against the Unification Church