A day after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stepped down Shot in broad daylighta shocked nation is questioning how the gunman was able to get close to one of Japan’s most prominent politicians and fire two shots at close range without the intervention of security personnel.
on TV and social media, many videos The gunman made his way through security unimpeded and pointed a large handcrafted gun in Mr Abe’s direction. The first shot appeared to startle the former leader, and seconds later, a second shot was fired and Mr. Abe fell to the ground. That’s when a group of what appeared to be his security guard pushed the gunman to the ground.
The video clip raised questions about why the gunman was able to approach from behind the riser where Abe was speaking, and how, after the first shot, he was able to fire before security could stop him.
Japan’s Air Force Chief of Staff Toshio Tanami appears to be asking the country’s heart.
“How did the police, security and other security personnel not notice criminals approaching from behind with guns?” he wrote on twitter.
According to the Japan National Police Agency, there is no problem with Abe’s safety. Gigi News Agency And the Japanese security police have an armed person at the scene. The protection detail is a division of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, which acts like the Secret Service in the United States. A spokesman for the agency had no immediate comment.
According to Gigi, the agency said the only security police in the incident saw the attackers but were unable to stop the shooting. The Nara local police station said guards were also there to guard Mr. Abe, but they declined to give details on how many officers were deployed.
Danny Russell, deputy director of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former assistant secretary of state who has traveled extensively with President Barack Obama, said he was unimpressed by Abe’s lack of support during Friday’s campaign. Conservation was shocked.
“The security police could have been there and not only allowed someone to come so close to Abe with a homemade weapon, but fired two shots seconds apart,” Mr Russell said. “Why didn’t anyone intervene in their bodies or throw Abe to the ground?”
The seemingly relaxed security measures around Abe are a byproduct of Japan’s relative safety, where violent crime and major unrest at political rallies are rare.
Paul Nadeau, a former private secretary who served as an adviser to Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers from 2015 to 2018, said he campaigned for Abe’s speech and that despite Abe being prime minister at the time, security was not overriding. He noted that there are about 6 to 12 security police guarding him, but the level of security is not that of the President of the United States.
Mr. Nadeau, now an adjunct professor at Temple University in Japan, said he would attend a gathering that Abe attended with hundreds of politicians, aides and others involved without having to go through background checks, screening or metal detectors .
The proximity of candidates and voters, he said, was designed to create a sense of intimacy and a politician’s approachability. Security is rarely considered.
“I never thought you’d need more security,” he said.
Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida contributed reporting