STORY: "I am really shocked... I came here to offer my gratitude to Abe and wanted to tell my child about him," said Natsumi Niwa, a 50-year-old housewife, after offering flowers with her 10-year-old son near the scene of the killing at a downtown train station.
Abe, 67, was pronounced dead around five-and-a-half hours on Friday after being shot from behind with a homemade firearm as he was making a campaign speech outside a train station.
According to local police, the shooter was a 41-year-old unemployed Nara resident who said he bore a grudge against a "specific organisation" and believed Abe was part of it. It was the first assassination of a sitting or former Japanese premier since the days of pre-war militarism in the 1930s.