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With Abe pale and lifeless, a doctor at the scene prayed for a miracle

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DOA,l knew it, anytime a shot too cortoid artery is fatal ,this the maid artery in the neck

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this man - who was irreplaceable for Japan, and the world - could be saved."

Everybody is irreplaceable. And on the other hand... Equally replaceable.

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The helicopter carrying Abe's clinically dead body arrived at Nara Medical University Hospital - about 20 km - at 12:20 p.m.

But it took 5 hours to announce he already gone

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-62089486

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it could be said that the CPR performed immediately after he was shot forced the blood out of abe's heart faster than if they would have tried to just stem the bleeding. CPR is not for gunshot wounds...

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How is news worthy?

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An ambulance arrived at 11:41 a.m., about 11 minutes after Abe went down.

But it took nearly 40 minutes from that point to get him to the hospital. Absolutely ridiculous!

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By the time the 64-year-old doctor had rushed to the scene …

With his nurses, Nakaoka ran down the three flights of stairs and short distance to the scene.

One of his three nurses ran back to the clinic to fetch another machine.

Cue the video. No one is “rushing” to do anything, unfortunately.

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While I commend the good doctor for trying to help out former PM Abe, I feel stories like these are to help counter the negative press the Church of Unification is getting as well as criticism of both Abe and the LDP.

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sakurasuki I think they put him on a life support and were waiting for his wife to arrive so that she had a chance to see him one last time.

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The helicopter carrying Abe's clinically dead body arrived at Nara Medical University Hospital - about 20 km - at 12:20 p.m.

Japan's longest-serving prime minister was declared dead at 5:03 p.m.

What were they doing to his dead body for 4 hours 43 minutes?

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"Cue the video. No one is “rushing” to do anything, unfortunately."

On the contrary; the nurse can be seen in the video, carrying the AED machine and sprinting immediately into the scene surrounding the stricken Mr Abe...

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JT- enough already! Abe is dead. Can we please get on with our lives?? No more Abe dominated articles please!

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Several things in the story should make anybody worry deeply, an AED machine not turning on, an ambulance taking 11 minutes to reach the place even when it is a relatively big city. If we are talking about a VIP what could anybody else expect if they have some emergency where your life depends on those things?

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@tokyojoe - What were they doing to his dead body for 4 hours 43 minutes?

According to reports, they were transfusing blood directly into him, more than 100 units, but being unable to repair the wounds and staunch the blood loss, it was just pouring out.

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I fear Japanese doctors don't have much experience with internal bleeding especially from gunshots. Not knowing of course, but it sort of sounds like no one tried to operate to stem the bleeding.

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An ambulance arrived at 11:41 a.m., about 11 minutes after Abe went down, a Nara city fire department spokesperson said.

this is unbelievable, Yamato Saidaiji Station is akin to Shinagawa in Tokyo or Yodoyabashi in Osaka.

I got into a motorcycle accident a few years ago near Kitasando (Shibuya) and the ambulance arrived within 2 min or less, had to ask them to wait for me to get my belongings inside the bike

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Out of respect, they waited for his wife to arrive from Tokyo before declaring him dead.

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Aly RustomToday  08:23 am JST

JT- enough already! Abe is dead. Can we please get on with our lives?? No more Abe dominated articles please!

Nobody is forcing you to read them.

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Again, no medical knowledge, but what is the point in starting to transfuse blood in a body that seemingly has been dead / without a heartbeat / with an increasingly dead and damaged brain for like 40+ minutes?

Purely so the doctors can say, "Hey, we tried!"; even though their efforts were futile and a waste of donor blood.

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blue

I believe Akie Abe would have been told the exact positions from the moment it happened until her arrival at the hospital some 4 hours later. Her needs were greater than the countries.

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I'm totally with @wallace. Be reasonable - too many people here really think that everything is conspiracy. Very odd.

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@blue: Next of Kin always has the right to be informed first. Period. You are way wrong on this.

We all knew he was dead - yes. But until his wife was there and the last forms of life support had been turned off.

As an ex-PM I doubt if anyone in the Government or the Emperor actually were above his wife on the right to know first.

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blueToday 

@wallace

I believe Akie Abe would have been told the exact positions from the moment it happened until her arrival at the hospital some 4 hours later.

Yes, that's exactly my point. She and Abe's mother had to be briefed, as well as the government (to an extend as he was an ex-PM). So why dilly-dallying around it?

I respect that they waited for her to arrive at the hospital. Why do you have a problem with that?

Her needs were greater than the countries.

Sorry for being pretty heartless, but: no. No single individual's right (here: the right to information) is greater than the right that all of us have as a community in the same regard.

But yes. She wanted to give her final farewell before his death was announced. Just like families, you have a member on a life-support machine then they decide to turn it off. Abe was no longer a PM or government minister.

If she had the right to know, did the public also had the right to know.

The public was informed of his death after it was declared. What time was put on the death certificate by the doctor?

Don't know why you have a problem with it?

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Nobody is forcing you to read them.

Yes they are. When they are in front of you they are

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you don’t pump the heart without stopping the bleeding first.

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Some truly disgraceful comments here.

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@tamanegi: Agreed. Absolutely no respect at all. Funny..its all the same people who are anti-establishment on other subjects. Can read them like like a book.

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blue

imagine Akie Abe was traveling from Tokyo when there's a news flash that her husband was dead.

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blue:

Another thing: compared to Europe I always felt that ambulances with sirens wailing in Japan are like, reaaaaaaally slow in the traffic. Am I the only one?

I guess the ambulance travels to a speed that is suitable for the situation. I was just stopped at a red light the other day, and noticed an ambulance blaring its sirens coming up behind. It was physically impossible for cars to move to the side of the road as the road was only about 3-4 metres wide. So what does the ambulance do? It waits at the traffic lights 4 cars back and turns off its sirens until the traffic starts moving again. I doubt it was in much of an emergency.

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Yamato Saidaiji Station is akin to Shinagawa in Tokyo or Yodoyabashi in Osaka.

Way smaller than the first and, unlike the second, is neither a terminus (Keihan Line) or city subway stop.

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Lawyers group had repeatedly demanded LDP to break relation with Unification Church from over 15 years before.

But LDP ignored it.

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But LDP ignored it.

The LDP rules by divine right. They’re answerable to no one.

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@oyatoi: And they will continue until someone can create a credible opposition with politicians that are both good at their job and have the personalities to get the under 60's to get out and vote. Right now , as bad as the LDP are, the opposition are faceless, grey men with NOTHING to offer as a credible alternative and the charisma of dead fish.

Strong opposition makes better government , this is so obvious in Japan. They are answerable to no one as no asks them any questions! Unless. Like having Jeremy Corbyn (in the UK) in permanent opposition.

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