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Shinzo Abe and the long history of Japanese political violence

9 July 2022

11:45 PM

9 July 2022

11:45 PM

Shinzo Abe, perhaps the most significant Japanese politician of the last 50 years, has been assassinated. The killing was carried out by Tetsuya Yamagamu, a youngish and apparently disgruntled former employee of the Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force.

It was a brutal and sordid end to what was an important if not uncontroversial life.

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