Japan: Killer of ex-Prime Minister Abe charged

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 Japan: Ex-Prime Minister Abe's Killer Charged

Japanese prosecutors on Friday charged a man suspected of killing former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.

The newspaper reported that Nara County prosecutors charged the 42-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami is charged with murder, as well as violating weapons laws, after completing an almost six-month psychiatric examination.

Yamagami was arrested at the scene of the crime on July 8 after allegedly shooting Abe with a homemade pistol while the former prime minister was speaking at a campaign rally in the western city of Nara.

The defendant is reported to have held a grudge against the Unification Church for ruining his family, claiming it convinced his mother to donate around 100 million yen, and accused Abe of promoting a religious organization.

The Unification Church was founded in South Korea in 1954 and relied on its Japanese followers as its main source of income.
The assassination has shed light on evidence that reveals a deep and longstanding relationship between the church and lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) .

The LDP denies any organizational connection to the church, but acknowledges that many legislators have personal ties to the religious group.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government's approval rate has fallen to an all-time low amid revelations about ties between the church and many LDP lawmakers.

October to resign its minister for economic revival.

In November, Japan launched an investigation into the church that could jeopardize its legal status after Abe assassination.

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