Japan: Prime Minister Attacked During Election Speech

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was taken to a safe area after a suspect threw an explosive tube near where he was delivering an outdoor speech in support of the House of Representatives by-election in Wakayama city. .

Several videos of the speech posted on social media show members of the public fleeing the scene and a man arrested by several security agents after the incident. The local agency reported that a subject had thrown “what appeared to be a smoke bomb”, while a witness indicated that a “shiny cylindrical silver object” was thrown before the explosion.

The attack occurred around 11:30 am on Saturday the 14th and, for the moment, no serious injuries have been reported. Video footage shows officers subduing and detaining a suspect at the scene.

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Kishida was in Wakayama to support a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate for elections scheduled for late April. This attack comes nine months after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot with a homemade weapon while campaigning for the LDP in Nara Prefecture.

Japan will host the G-7 summit for world leaders in Hiroshima in May, with a series of meetings taking place in Japan beforehand.