Headline RoundupJuly 8th, 2022

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe Assassinated

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died Friday after being shot. He was 67.

Abe was giving a campaign speech in the Japanese city of Nara when gunshots rang out. He collapsed and was seen bleeding before being transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Local police arrested a Nara resident on suspicion of murder, but haven't yet announced a motive for the shooting.

Abe served from 2006-2007 and again from 2012-2020, and was Japan's longest-serving prime minister. Tributes to Abe have come from leaders around the world. The White House released a statement saying it was "shocked and saddened" to hear of the attack. Former President Donald Trump called Abe "a unifier like no other" and "a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country."

Abe's assassination was the top story from most major news outlets Friday morning. Many reports on all sides highlighted how Japan has strict gun control laws and rarely experiences political violence.

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