The biggest news of the day:
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinobu Abe was assassinated while giving a campaign speech.
Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe has died in hospital after he was shot at a political campaign event.
Abe was shot at twice while he was giving a speech on a street in the city of Nara on Friday morning.
Security officials at the scene tackled the gunman and a 41-year-old suspect is now in police custody.
The suspect, named as Tetsuya Yamagami, admitted shooting Abe with a homemade gun, and said he had a grudge against a “specific organisation”, police said.
Several other handmade weapons, similar to those used in the attack, had been confiscated after a search of the suspect’s house, police officers told a news conference.
Explosives were also found at the home and police said they had advised residents to evacuate the area.
The assassin used a homemade double barrel pistol.
Guns are very difficult to obtain in Japan.
The amount of smoke from the time of the shooting leads me to believe the weapon used black powder from fireworks or some other legal recreational source.
I have two thoughts.
One: Abe was an ally of Trump and a Japanese nationalist.
I’m deeply suspicious that his assassination was supported by China, which does not want a Japan aligned with America.
Two: We will see this used in the US to ramp up attacks on homemade guns and “ghost guns.” They will not let this crisis go to waste.