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Suspect in attack on ex-PM Abe was Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force member for 3 yrs

Investigators examine the site where former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was apparently shot during a stump speech in the city of Nara on July 8, 2022. (Mainichi/Ai Kawahira)

A man who was arrested for allegedly attacking former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on July 8 worked for the Maritime Self-Defense Force for three years until around 2005, sources close to the Defense Ministry have told the Mainichi Shimbun.

    Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was arrested on the spot on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly shot Abe in the western Japan city of Nara while he was giving a campaign speech for a candidate in the July 10 House of Councillors election.


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