The shooting was not motivated by political motives. It was a personal revenge for an economic nature and a religious past. This is what Shinzo Abe, the former Japanese Prime Minister, confessed to. He was speaking at a rally in Nara on Friday. This is the first step in a series of revelations that have shocked Japan and broken the myths of safety and tranquility.
According to the Kyodo news agency, the assailant was a former military man, 41 years old, named Tetsuya Nagami. He claimed that he shot Abe because he believed he supported a religious organization to which his mother had donated all of her money. He was furious that his mother had died and he wanted to attack the leader of the religious group. But he eventually did it against Abe who he had seen in speeches during the campaign to elect the Upper House of Parliament. These are being celebrated on Sunday. His will was simple: "Kill Abe", he had a strong resentment for the ruin of his family.
The Police have not yet revealed the identity of the religious cult but everything points to the Unification Church. It was founded in South Korea in 1954 by Reverend Moon. It is well-known for hosting large weddings around the world. Because of his fervent anti-communism, which his three million followers derogatorily call the "moonies", Abe was in close contact with the organization and participated in several of its events with his friend, ex-President Trump.
Shinzo Abe offers the rally while his murderer is watching behind him / reuters
This relationship is believed to have started with his maternal grandfather Nobusuke Kishi who was prime minister from 1957 to 1960. Before that, he was part the imperial government which entered World War II. He spent three years in prison and was about to be tried for war crimes in the puppet state Manchukuo. This is where Japan's invasion began. However, the United States did not bring him to trial for his role in the transition to democracy in Japan. It is interesting to note that Abe's grandfather was also attacked by a far-right radical when he was stabbed in 1960.
Japanese media also refer to the Sanctuary Church as a splinter church of the Unification Church. This group was founded in the United States in 2000 by Reverend Moon's son. It is well-known for its love of weapons and participated in the attack on the Capitol in 2021 in support of Trump. The head of the Shrine Church is Hyung Jin Moon. He has his crown covered in bullets and is currently on tour in Japan lecturing.
A coincidence or not, the Unification Church headquarters in Nara is right next to the station where Abe was killed. His visit had been announced only the previous day. Yamagami told investigators, without further explanation that he found out about his presence through the internet portal of the local candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD), and traveled there by train.
These hypotheses have been clarified. However, we are now learning more about the aggressor's personal life and how he responds to the typical social misfit profile. Tetsuya Yamagami is currently unemployed. He was employed in Kansai's industrial region until last year. This is where his city of Nara, as well as Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe are located. He was a member of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces (or the Japanese Navy), between 2002 and 2005, where he learned how to use firearms. Police found homemade explosives and weapons in his home. This included a trigger, detonator, and two cylinders that were taped together to resemble a sawn-off gun. His antisocial nature is evident in the fact that he stated in his graduation book that he didn't know what he wanted to do in his life. He will be remembered as the greatest Japanese assassin.
Several people pay respect to the former prime Minister before the vehicle transports his remains to his residence / Reuters
The body of Shinzo abe was transferred to Tokyo this Saturday following an autopsy in Nara. Doctors who attempted to save his life yesterday confirmed that he died of bleeding from the gunshot wounds in his neck and left arm. One of the projectiles had struck his heart.
While we wait for the funeral, which will occur next week, the elections to Japan's Upper House of Parliament will be held as planned. These elections will be a strong rejection of the attack, due to the strict security measures and shock at the murder of Abe (the most powerful and influential Japanese politician of this 21st Century), these elections will be held in Japan. Japan will therefore show its willingness to "protect democracy and not succumb to violence", Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says.