Yesterday was my birthday, but something went very wrong.
Shinzō Abe or Abe Shinzō (b. 1954 – 2022), the former Prime Minister of Japan (2012 – 2020), was assassinated. Finding a gun is so difficult in Japan that the assassin used a handgun currently described as handcrafted. No determination can be made until further investigation. The killer shot Shinzō Abe twice from the back. The bullets entered Shinzō Abe’s neck. He was flown to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The assassin is in custody. Tetsuya Yamagami confessed to the killing. The forty-one-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami told the police that he was avenging an offence. Details have not been determined. Tetsuya Yamagami was a former member of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Shinzō Abe lived in a culture where the wearing and use of firearms are all-but-prohibited. Japan is not a gun culture.
Posts on Japanese woodblock prints (incomplete)
- Twelve Hours of the Green Houses (1795), by Kitagawa Utamaro (17 July 2013)
- Manet, “Japonisme” and Modernism (8 July 2013)
- Utagawa Hiroshige: a “Human Touch” (3 July 2013)
- Katsushika Hokusai: Beauty (30 June 2013)
- Utamaro Women and Japonisme (28 June 2013)
© Micheline Walker
9 July 2022