Shinzo Abe’s family history might provide some insight into why he was targeted by a man with a grudge
, 2022-07-11 02:00:00,
Shinzo Abe was renowned for his economic policies and nationalistic bent, but his legacy also includes an association with conservative religious groups and there is some evidence it is this reputation that made him a target.
His alleged assassin, Tetsuya Yamagami, sought out Mr Abe, researched campaign events he would be at, made a gun, and, on Friday afternoon, shot and killed the political giant.
Yamagami, 41, told Japanese police his mother was a member of a religious organisation and their family had been financially ruined after she made a “huge donation”, Japanese media reported, citing police sources.
After the shooting, Japanese police did not release the name of the religious organisation, but pressure built as Japanese tabloids and the Washington Post named the group in question: The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, known colloquially as the Unification Church.
Then, on Monday afternoon, church officials held a small press conference, confirming Yamagami’s mother was a member of their organisation, but refused to detail how much money she had given, citing the ongoing investigation.
“Regarding Tetsuya Yamagami’s motivation for his crime and the reported issue of donations by his mother, we will refrain from commenting on this due to the ongoing police investigation,” head of the church’s Japan chapter, Tomihiro Tanaka, said.
It is not known if she belongs to any other groups.
The press conference was limited to a select few journalists,…
To read the original article from news.google.com, Click here