On Saturday, the body of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was killed in the city of Nara, arrived in Tokyo. As japan coil from the shocking shooting, here’s what we know so far.
Abe’s funeral arrangements: the funeral in honor of Abe will be held on Monday and Tuesday, his office told CNN, the wake will be held on Monday, followed by a memorial service on Tuesday. The funeral will be organized by his widow Aki Abe at a temple in Tokyo, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.
The police will check the security: The Japan National Police Agency said it would look into security measures put into action prior to Friday’s shooting, NHK said. Security was provided by the Nara Prefectural Police, who developed a security plan for the former prime minister while he was in the city.
Nara Prefectural Police Chief Tomoaki Onizuka said he “can’t deny there were problems” with Abe’s security. At a press conference on Saturday, he said the authorities were investigating what went wrong ahead of the execution of the former prime minister. He added that he “accepts[s] responsible “for the security breach that led to Abe’s assassination.
The suspect used a homemade pistol: A suspect in Abe’s murder said the weapon he used was homemade, Nara Nishi police said at a press conference on Friday. Police said Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, admitted to shooting Abe. The unemployed Yamagami told investigators that he harbors hatred for a particular group that he believes Abe was associated with. The police did not name the group.
According to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK, citing the police, Yamagami made several types of weapons from iron pipes wrapped with adhesive tape. The police found guns with three, five and six iron pipes as barrels. The suspect inserted bullets into the tube of his homemade handgun, parts for which he bought online, NHK reported, citing police. Police believe the suspect used the most powerful weapon he had made to kill, NHK added.
Elections will be held on Sunday: Japanese voters will go to the polls on Sunday, despite the assassination of Abe just two days before the election. At the time of the shooting, Abe was supporting candidates from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) ahead of the election.