Security guards could have saved Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Eight security experts have given this opinion after observing the video footage of the murder.
Security experts say the first shots fired at Abe failed to hit the target. There was a time gap of two and a half seconds in between. If security guards had removed Abe or stood as a shield at this time, the former Japanese leader might not have died.
This news was reported in a report of the news agency Reuters on Tuesday. The July 8 assassination of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister appears to be the manifestation of a series of security lapses in the country, according to reports by Japanese and international experts.
A man shot Abe from behind with a homemade weapon while he was speaking at an election rally in the western Japanese city of Nara on the morning of July 8. Abe died at the hospital a few hours later. Gun violence is rare in Japan. There, politicians took part in political campaigns with ordinary people. In this case, the security of politicians is not very strict. As a result, the whole of Japan was shocked by Abe’s murder.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the country’s authorities acknowledged Shinzo Abe’s security lapses.
Reuters spoke to eight security experts and six eyewitnesses. In addition, Shinzo Abe has examined several video images published online about the assassination. These videos are captured from different angles. Through these, all aspects of the security system have been integrated before the shooting.
When US President Joe Biden was a presidential candidate, an organization named Global Threat Solutions was in charge of his security. The head of the organization, Kenneth Bombas, says, “The attacker was walking behind the Prime Minister. They (security guards) should have seen this and stopped the attacker.’
The attacker, Tetsuya Yamagami, came within about 7 meters, or 23 feet, of where Abe was standing before firing the first shot, Japanese newspaper Yomiuri said, citing sources close to the investigation. Those bullets missed the target. He then shot Aber in the back from a distance of three meters.
John Soltis, a former CIA officer, says, “The bodyguards did not seem to form a concentric security ring around Abe.” ‘
Mitsuru Fukuda, a professor at Tokyo’s Nihon University and an expert on crisis management and terrorism, also sees the security guards at fault. He said it was the mistake of the security guards to chase after the assailant without protecting Abe in time.