Videos raise new questions about the assassination of Japan’s Shinzo Abe

Newly-released video is raising questions about the assassination of Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan. 

One of the questions being raised is whether more could have been done by Abe’s security to have stopped the assassination from happening. And, what has caused this question to be asked is video footage of Abe’s security team before and during the assassination.

Background

To briefly recap, the 67-year-old Abe was assassinated on Friday, July 8, as he was giving a speech in Nara, Japan, ahead of an upcoming election.

The suspected assassin has been identified as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami.  The assassination is said to have been carried out with a homemade gun, given the country’s strict anti-gun laws.

Prior to the shooting, Yamagami can be seen on video footage standing behind Abe. Then, a little over two minutes into Abe’s speech, Yamagami takes something out of a bag he was carrying, walks toward Abe, and shoots him. Security subsequently takes Yamagami to the ground and arrests him.

As for Yamagami’s motive, Fox News reports:

Police said Yamagami was responding calmly to questions and had admitted to attacking Abe, telling investigators he had plotted to kill him because he believed rumors about the former leader’s connection to a certain organization that police did not identify.

Yamagami claimed that Abe’s political beliefs were not the cause of the assassination.

The footage

There are several things about the new assassination footage that just don’t seem to add up.

For one thing, just before Yamagami fired the first shot, multiple members of Abe’s security team actually looked away. To put it differently, as Yamagami was walking toward Abe, several members of his security team turned their heads away, which allowed Yamagami to get within yards of Abe.

In addition, there is the fact that Yamagami got to fire two shots. He fired the first one and appeared to have missed. Yet, security was so slow to react that Yamagami was given plenty of time to fire the deadly second shot.

This would all seem to suggest one of two things: either Abe’s security was not very good or Abe’s security was not particularly keen on stopping the assassination. The answer is probably the former.

But, it is clear that there ought to be an investigation into Abe’s security team. Whether we’ll get one remains to be seen.

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