Nara Police Chief takes “responsibility” for killing Abe

The chief of police in the Japanese city of Nara said he “takes responsibility” for the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“After the initial report of the incident came at 11:30 a.m. and the situation was exposed, it was the culmination of the guilt and regret I’ve felt in my 27 years in law enforcement,” said Tomoaki Onizuka, the prefectural police chief Nara reporters in a press conference on Saturday, CNN reported.

Video of Friday’s assassination suggested a lack of attention to the open space behind Abe as he delivered a campaign speech ahead of Sunday’s general election.

Nara Prefectural Police Department head Tomoaki Onizuka attends a press conference at the Nara headquarters on July 9, 2022, the day after the incident.
Nara Prefectural Police Chief Tomoaki Onizuka has admitted he takes full “responsibility” for the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
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“I feel the weight of my responsibility,” an emotional Onizuka continued. “We can’t deny that there were issues with the security plan given how things ended.”

Abe was gunned down in an act of political violence rare in Japan. Abe, a staunch nationalist and anti-Communist, worked closely with the United States.

Japan's Prime Minister SHINZO ABE speaks during a news conference at the Prime Minister's official residence. Japan's longest-serving leader was powerless to prevent a chain of events
Shinzo Abe was fatally shot on July 7, 2022 while campaigning for a general election.
Rodrigo Reyes Marin/ZUMA Wire
Footage shows the moment former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead.
Footage shows the moment former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot dead.

With mail wires Nara Police Chief takes “responsibility” for killing Abe


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