Tetsuya Yamagami is grabbed by a security officer after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot. Photo: Yomiuri Shimbun/Reuters
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Abe shooter says he tried to make bomb: police

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Thankfully this deranged individual did not get his hands on materials like sarin gas, as the Aum tertorists did for their multiple attacks in 1995.

Religious - or any - terrorism has no part in civilised society.

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I pointed out the other day that Japanese politicians need to at least entre the 20th century and end the 1950s style soapbox ( Van) type campaign and start TV and online.

The internet give crazy people access to information on how to build just about everything and anything

A bomb sure had this guy gone to the right websites ( well wrong legally right for what he was planning) he could have done it.

I pointed out times have changed and despite the still very safe nature of Japan the new easy access to information and supplies visa the internet makes it far easier for crazy and radical people to do things like this.

Sadly it is time to end or reduce the frequency and open locations of these soapbox stops and enter the modern age to lessen the risks ( and noise ).

Had this guy gotten the information needed to make a bomb more than just Abe could have been killed, these gatherings make a great target.

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It is obvious that the ''Safe Japan'' concept is the reason that no body-guards were deployed around the late PM.

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@Fighto

It was not terrorism. The killer says he had no political motive.

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@Jacobo

There were bodyguards deployed around the late PM, they were just not very good at their job.

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It was not terrorism. The killer says he had no political motive.

Since when is terrorism purely political? Most recent terrorism in the world - and Japan tragically in the 90s - has been based on religion, and people's warped views of it.

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Yamagami has said his mother made a "huge donation" to a religious organization and he harbored a grudge against the group, which he believed was associated with Abe, sources have said.

Rumours on the internet say that the mysterious "religious organisation" was the Unification Church, which the LDP openly supports. Anybody know the truth of this?

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I figured that.

If he made a gun, that's just the next step.

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A bomb would have been a whole lot worse but making one and obtaining the materials is not so easy.

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When former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi formed a bond in the mid-1960s with Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon over their shared anti-communist views, little did he know that he was sowing the seeds that would eventually take the life of his beloved grandson, Shinzo Abe.

https://shingetsunewsagency.com/2022/07/10/the-crime-that-killed-shinzo-abe/

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Will he get the death penalty????

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The weapon he fired could have taken his hand off.

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Redstorm

Today 07:49 pm JST

"The weapon he fired could have taken his hand off."

Was it the reason why it was covered in heavy duct tape? I thought he covered it in duct tape to conceal it. But surely the weapon look crude.

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A bomb surely would have killed more people but he would probably have been discovered and arrested. For him to have been successful with a bomb, he would have had to set it up at the venue before the event. I am sure security checks at the venue before the event would have discovered it.

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Was it the reason why it was covered in heavy duct tape? I thought he covered it in duct tape to conceal it. But surely the weapon look crude.

He concealed it in his bag. He pulled it out three seconds before his first shot. I'm no engineer, but I though the duct tape was to A) keep the barrels on the wood block and B) stop them from splitting apart, or 'banana peeling' due to an obstruction or improperly loaded ammo.

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That would have been really bad. Thank goodness no innocent bystanders were caught up in this.

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“Huge amount of money” that he would not have as inheritance when and if his mother would pass away.

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@Fighto

If you want a good example of terrorism the JIA was worse than Adolf and not that long ago.

And you mentioned Sarin gas.

Well... it was recently discovered that Japan has a stockpile of Sarin .

They claim it is for defense purposes only.

However prior to the discovery of their Sarin they had signed an agreement not to own any.

Obviously they lied.

Abe's murder isn't terrorism.

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The shooter was capable of causing more deaths if that was his purpose.

Abe was his target and he didn't care if he got caught.

They found a 9 barrel shot gun at his residence that could be remotely triggered by a cellphone call.

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Secret Service (protecting a two time prime minister): "there was a loud bang, no one knew what was going on!"

World: "Um, what did you think?"

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The gun was actually a bomb machine.

As no casings for bullets were used, it was gun/bomb powder used only in the gun tubes.

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Secret Service (protecting a two time prime minister): "there was a loud bang, no one knew what was going on!"

I doubt they were "secret service", whatever that actually means. He's an ex-prime minister, which sounds important, but so what? He's not important to the country anymore, he's just another LDP politician. You don't get 100s of armed bodyguards just because you're a politician.

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As for his motive, Yamagami has said his mother made a "huge donation" to a religious organization and he harbored a grudge against the group, which he believed was associated with Abe, sources have said.

…..

And what is the truth and what is the name of the group?

Again, no facts and under reporting

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Thanks for the link, Redstorm. It was informative.

https://shingetsunewsagency.com/2022/07/10/the-crime-that-killed-shinzo-abe/

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The Internet has been around for a long time. Anyone can find information about anything. Japan is one of the few countries in Asia that doesn’t censor the internet. That’s the price of living in a free society. A few nut jobs who can find info on stuff they shouldn’t know about. Try going to any Muslim country, you have to pay for a VPN service to even access porn.

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The gun was actually a bomb machine.

As no casings for bullets were used, it was gun/bomb powder used only in the gun tubes.

I’d say it’s more an electronically triggered muzzleloader, or hand cannon, firing grape shot.

from the photos, I can see electric wiring going into the rear of the barrels, which appear to be sealed with plumbing caps.

He admits that he loaded the device with “gunpowder and a plastic canister of pellets.”

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