Assassinated ex-PM Abe’s corpse arrives in Tokyo

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The body of assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe carried by a hearse arrived in Tokyo on Saturday from the western Japanese city where he was shot at close range on the campaign trail.

On Friday, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving leader of modern Japan, was gunned down  while campaigning for a parliamentary election.

The murder of Japan’s best-known politician rattled the country and sent shockwaves around the world, particularly given the nation’s low levels of violent crime and strict gun laws.

AFP journalists saw the vehicle enter Abe’s residence in the capital, while senior members of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, dressed in black, lined up to pay their respects.

The man accused of Friday’s shooting is in custody, with police saying he had confessed to killing the former premier, motivated by a belief Abe was linked to an unspecified organisation.

Police were investigating the unemployed 41-year-old’s background, including claims he had served in Japan’s navy, and said he appeared to have used a handmade gun.

Abe was delivering a speech in Nara ahead of Sunday’s upper house elections when he was shot, and campaigning resumed Saturday with politicians saying they were determined to show democracy would prevail.
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