Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe dies after being shot

Killed during campaign speech

Eve Maddock-Jones
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Japan's longest serving prime minister and founder of Abenomics Shinzo Abe has died after being fatally shot during a campaign speech, aged 67.

Abe was attacked while giving a speech for political candidate Kei Sato - a current member of the Upper House running for re-election in Nara earlier today. Reports have now confirmed that despite rapid medical intervention he had succumbed to his wounds. A gunman was arrested at the scene by police and taken into custody. The former prime minister was famed for restoring economic and financial stability to Japan after its long recession in the 1990s, caused by the Japanese asset bubble bursting. Abe's self-named package of economic reforms ‘Abenomics' was aimed at modernising a...

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