Shooting of Shinzo Abe is a huge shock for Japan and the world

By Craig Mark
July 9 2022 - 7:30pm
Flowers left outside the Japanese embassy on Saturday following the fatal shooting of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Japan is reeling from the assassination of its longest-serving former prime minister, Shinzo Abe. He was campaigning for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for the Upper House elections due on Sunday, in the city of Nara in western Japan, when he was shot from behind with an apparently home-made sawn-off shotgun.