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Mother of Shinzo Abe shooter says she feels sorry for causing trouble for the Unification Church

  • The mother of the suspect involved in the fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apologized for causing trouble for the Unification Church.
  • Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, expressed resentment against the religious group during investigations by the Nara prefectural police.
  • The suspect told investigators that his mother went bankrupt after making large donations to the religious group, eventually ruining his family.
  • Founded in South Korea by Rev. Sun Myung Moon in 1954, the Unification Church developed close ties to the right-wing Liberal Democratic Party, which Abe's grandfather Nobusuke Kishi formed.
  • In Yamagami’s letter, he accused Abe of supporting the church.

The mother of the suspect involved in the fatal shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reportedly feels sorry for causing trouble for the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Unification Church. 

Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, who was arrested immediately after he shot Abe from behind on July 8, 2022, expressed resentment against the religious group during investigations by the Nara prefectural police.  

Shinzo Abe’s assassin forced to give up college after mother’s $722,000 donation to Unification Church, says uncle

  • The uncle of Shinzo Abe’s suspected shooter Tetsuya Yamagami stated that Yamagami’s mother had donated approximately 100 million yen ($721,875) to the Unification Church.
  • Yamagami blamed the religious organization for what he described to be its forceful donating practices and blamed it as the cause of his mother’s bankruptcy.
  • He reportedly told police that he targeted the former prime minister due to Abe’s affiliation with the Unification Church.
  • On Friday, the uncle, who is the 77-year-old older brother of Yamagami’s father, shared that Yamagami’s mother also gave the proceeds from the sale of the family’s property and house to the church, as a devoted member.
  • “I believe she was a very important follower of the church. She was under mind control,” the uncle said.
  • The family was thrown into poverty, and Yamagami was forced to give up college due to his family's financial ruin.

The uncle of Shinzo Abe’s suspected shooter Tetsuya Yamagami stated that Yamagami’s mother had donated approximately 100 million yen ($721,875) to the Unification Church, leading to the family’s alleged financial ruin.

Yamagami reportedly told police that he had targeted the former prime minister due to Abe’s affiliation with the Unification Church, which Yamagami blamed for bankrupting his mother due to its forceful donating practices.

Game designer Hideo Kojima responds to being misidentified as Shinzo Abe’s assassin

  • Hideo Kojima, the creator of the popular “Metal Gear Solid” video game series, responded to being incorrectly identified as the assassin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after an online joke was taken too far.
  • On June 9, the video game designer released a statement via Kojima Productions’ official Twitter denouncing the spread of “fake news and rumors.”
  • The source of the misinformation appears to come from a thread posted on 4chan, an imageboard website notorious for pranking journalists.
  • The “joke” went viral, however, after French alt-right politician Damien Rieu tweeted pictures of Kojima with the caption “Far left extremism kills.”
  • News outlets in Greece and Iran proceeded to report on the misinformation, incorrectly identifying Kojima as Abe’s killer.

Hideo Kojima, the creator of the popular “Metal Gear Solid” video game series, responded to being incorrectly identified as the assassin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after an online joke was taken too far.

On June 9, the video game designer released a statement via Kojima Productions’ official Twitter denouncing the spread of false information.

Shinzo Abe assassin reveals he shot the former Japan PM over ‘grudge’ against Unification Church

Shinzo Abe assassination religious group grudge
  • Tetsuya Yamagami, the 41-year-old man arrested for the assassination of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, told police he held “a grudge” against a religious group that he believed the leader had promoted.
  • Nara Prefectural Police said the suspect blamed his mother’s financial issues on the religious group and intended to kill Abe based on the assumption that the former prime minister was affiliated with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Unification Church.
  • Tomihiro Tanaka, the president of the Japanese branch of the church, confirmed on Monday that Yamagami’s mother is one of its members and noted that Yamagami and Abe were not members.
  • On Monday, Nara police said that they discovered bullet holes at a facility run by the church and that Yamagami reportedly admitted to firing practice rounds the day before Abe was killed.
  • While the church said it had no direct relationship with the Japanese leader, Tanaka admitted to Abe expressing support for its global peace movement.
  • Critics and former members have identified the church as a cult; however, the church has denied previous accusations and claims to be legitimate.

Tetsuya Yamagami, the man arrested for the assassination of Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, told police he held “a grudge” against a religious group that he believed the leader had promoted. 

Yamagami, 41, reportedly told the authorities that his mother went bankrupt after making a “huge donation” to the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Unification Church.

NBC mistakenly shows South Korean flags in report on former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s assassination

  • On Friday, NBC’s “Today” show aired a clip of South Korean flags during its report of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination.
  • As an anchor reported the breaking news of Abe’s death at 4:03 a.m. EST, the background switched between different images of the former prime minister giving talks at various events.
  • As the reporter transitioned to a conversation about gun laws in Japan, the background changed to a clip of five South Korean flags blowing in the wind.
  • Twitter users were quick to shame NBC for its inaccurate flag choice.

On Friday, NBC’s “Today” show aired a clip of South Korean flags during its report of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination.

As an anchor narrated the breaking news of Abe’s death at 4:03 a.m. EST, the background switched between different images of the former prime minister giving talks at various events.

Former Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s death celebrated by some Chinese netizens with champagne emojis

  • Screenshots from China’s social media platforms — WeChat and Weibo — revealed some Chinese netizens to be celebrating the assassination of Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe, even hailing the attacker as a “hero.”
  • In a Twitter thread, Chinese artist and activist Badiucao posted screenshots of the conversations to his page, exposing the posters.
  • “Abe is dead, it’s like, open champagne,” wrote one user.
  • “I hate my country’s government, but that doesn’t stop me from loving my country or celebrating Abe’s death. Good to die! Pop champagne! well done,” commented another.
  • Chinese nationalists, however, were not the only ones unafraid to point out Abe’s controversial legacy.
  • One user, under the account “Scissorbooks,” described Abe as a “fascist and revisionist” who refused to acknowledge war crimes against China and Korea during World War II, referring to the Nanking Massacre and Korean comfort women.

Screenshots from China’s social media platforms — WeChat and Weibo — reveal some Chinese netizens to be celebrating the assassination of Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe, even hailing the attacker as a “hero.” 

While several world leaders, including U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, offered their condolences to the archipelago nation for the death of its former leader, Chinese nationalists took to Weibo and WeChat to celebrate the event with champagne emojis.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe assassinated

  • Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died less than six hours after being shot in the chest and neck while delivering a speech at a campaign event in the Japanese city of Nara at around 11:30 a.m. JST.
  • Abe, 67, succumbed to two gunshot wounds at a local hospital, where he was declared dead at 5:03 p.m. JST.
  • Two security officers can be seen tackling the suspected shooter, who was later identified as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, in video footage that has been quickly circulating online Friday morning.
  • Yamagami, who reportedly used a homemade gun and previously worked for Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force, told investigators that he wanted Abe dead because he was dissatisfied with him.
  • Prior to the confirmation of Abe’s death, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida delivered an emotional message condemning the shooting, saying, “This attack is an act of brutality that happened during the elections – the very foundation of our democracy – and is absolutely unforgivable.”
  • Abe was the longest-serving Japanese prime minister in history, serving two terms in office before stepping down in 2020 due to health concerns.

Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died less than six hours after getting shot in the chest and neck while delivering a speech at a campaign event on Friday morning.

Abe, 67, was campaigning for a parliamentary election in the Japanese city of Nara at around 11:30 a.m. JST when a man shot him from behind with what was reportedly a homemade gun. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is Now on Instagram

For the first time ever since his first appointment as Japan’s prime minister in 2006 – and his second in 2012 – Shinzo Abe has finally announced he will start actively using Instagram in 2018.

The 57th Prime Minister of Japan first made the announcement on Friday when he made his first ever social media post with the caption that reads: “I will finally start doing Instagram in 2018,” accompanied by hashtags saying “first post” and “beginner,” according to Kyodo News via Japan Today.

AMC Theatres Mislabels Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Parasite’ as a Film About a ‘Japanese Family’

Parasite

AMC Theatres is being criticized online following a mistake on their Best New Movies list for October 2019 which listed South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s award-winning “Parasite” as a story about a “rich Japanese family.”

The mistake was picked up by a Korean social media user on MissyUSA who wrote, “On AMC’s monthly recommended movies list, they seemed to have described the subject of ‘Parasite’ as a ‘Japanese family.’ At such a sensitive and tense time as well!”

Melania Trump’s Calligraphy Lesson With Akie Abe Hijacked By Redditors in PSBattle

Melania Trump

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have kicked off their tour of Asia with their first stop being Japan; while Trump has been playing golf and feeding koi with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the FLOTUS has been attending calligraphy lessons with the Japan’s First Lady, Akie Abe.

Of course, in true internet fashion, Reddit took the image and turned it into a Photoshop Battle, editing the American First Lady’s calligraphy into other “works of art”.

Japan’s female gender equality minister replaced with man who simulated pregnancy with a false belly

  • A former Bank of Japan official who once wore a "pregnancy belly" for two days was chosen to replace female minister Seiko Noda as Japan's minister of gender equality.
  • Masanobu Ogura, 41, was chosen to replace female minister Seiko Noda as Japan's minister of gender equality and will be in charge of tackling the country’s plummeting birth rate, which hit a record low for the sixth year in a row.
  • Ogura posted to Twitter on April 9, 2021, that his intentions with the “simulated pregnancy experience” were to better understand the challenges of carrying a baby while living out day to day routines.
  • He shared at the time that he would be wearing the 16-pound pregnancy belly to party meetings, parliamentary activities and to personal events.
  • The former banking official also acknowledged the shortcomings of his experiment, conceding that “There is no way you can understand a 10-month pregnancy period in just two days.”

A former Bank of Japan official who once wore a “pregnancy belly” for two days was chosen to replace female minister Seiko Noda as the cabinet head in charge of tackling the country’s plummeting birth rate. 

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reshuffled his cabinet on Wednesday in an effort to distance his administration from the conservative Unification Church and its ties to the assassination of former leader Shinzo Abe.