Shinzo Abe attacked in Nara, reportedly in cardiac arrest

Japan’s former PM apparently shot from behind with a shotgun

TOKYO – Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was attacked on Friday while making a street speech in the western city of Nara. Police subdued the man who attacked him.

According to the Nara City Fire Department, Abe is unconscious and is believed to be in cardiac arrest. Officials from his Liberal Democratic Party said the former prime minister was shot from behind with what appeared to be a shotgun.

Abe was stumping for the LDP ahead of Sunday’s upper house election.

Who is Shinzo Abe?

Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe

Shinzo, 67, belongs to the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) party. Abe was the Prime Minister during 2006-07. Abe is considered an aggressive leader. Shinzo had ulcerative colitis, a bowel disease that forced him to resign as prime minister in 2007. Shinzo Abe was the Prime Minister for 2803 consecutive days (7 years 6 months). Earlier this record was in the name of his uncle Isaku Saito.