The beautiful assassination of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rattled Japan and its sense of identification as a peaceable nation the place violent crime is uncommon.
The graphic movies and pictures of Mr. Abe being gunned down throughout a lunchtime marketing campaign rally in western Japan had shocked the nation on Friday. Shock turned to grief when the previous prime minister was declared useless within the early night.
“You by no means hear about gun violence right here. On TV, you hear about it on a regular basis within the U.S. however not right here,” stated Ayane Kubota, 37, who was heading residence from work and looking out on the information of Mr. Abe’s demise on her cellphone. “That is so not Japanese.”
Erika Inoue, a 25-year-old designer, stated the occasions of the day felt extra like a Hollywood script than actual life in Japan, the place there was one death in 2021 from a gun-related incident.
“I’m shocked by this,” she stated. “The capturing half is complicated. There are weapons? In Japan?”
Close to the prepare station crossing the place Mr. Abe was shot, a makeshift memorial began to look after the information of his demise. Individuals dropped off flowers, slices of watermelon, sweet and bottles of juice as crowds gathered to take images and cease for a second.
When information of Mr. Abe’s demise was introduced earlier than Friday’s recreation between the Yomiuri Giants and the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, there have been screams and stunned voices from the stands. Then, the group fell quiet and a 30-second second of silence was noticed.