Tetsuya Yamagami biography: 10 things about Shinzo Abe’s assassin


Tetsuya Yamagami is the Japanese man who fatally shot Shinzo Abe (安倍 晋三), the longest-serving prime minister of Japan having served from September 26, 2006 to September 26, 2007 and from December 26, 2012 to September 16, 2020. Here are 10 more things about the assassin:


  1. He lives an apartment in Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Kansai, Japan.
  2. In 2002, he joined Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force under a fixed-term assignment.
  3. In August 2005, his Maritime Self-Defense Force assignment ended.
  4. In October 2020, he started to work for at the freight department of a factory in Kyoto Prefecture, Kansai.
  5. In March 2022, he started taking unauthorized time off in his job in Kyoto and spoke of heart issues and other physical problems.
  6. In April 2022, he asked for a leave from his job in Kyoto.
  7. On May 15, 2022, he quit his job in Kyoto. 
  8. He was 26 younger than Abe. He had a grudge against a specific organization and thought his mother and Abe had a link to that group. While unemployed, he learned on a website that Abe would give a campaign speech in Nara City on July 8, 2022.
  9. At 11:30 a.m. on July 8, 2022, he used a handmade gun, which was 40cm long and 20cm high, to fatally shot Abe from behind while the former prime minister was delivering a campaign speech near Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara City. He was arrested shortly after the shooting and he admitted to the crime.
  10. He was 41 when he fatally shot Abe on July 8, 2022. On the morning of July 10, 2022, he was taken to the Nara District Prosecutor’s Office.

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