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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.  

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.

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. 

Chinese Officials Arrest North Korean Assassins Allegedly Out to Kill Kim Jong-Un’s Nephew

Two of the seven North Korean assassins who are involved in the alleged plot to take out Kim Jong-Nam’s son, Kim Han Sol, were arrested by Chinese officials in Beijing, China, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported on Monday.

The alleged assassination plot was prevented after Chinese authorities reportedly increased its security during China’s 19th National Congress of the Communist Party, which ran for one week starting from Oct. 18, according to Fox News.