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Body of former Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe arrives in Tokyo

The body of Shinzo Abe, the slain former Japanese prime minister, was returned to Tokyo on Saturday afternoon accompanied by his wife.

A hearse from the western city of Nara, where he was treated after being shot from behind by a gunman during a Friday campaign speech, arrived at his residence in Tokyo.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the home to express condolences.

Japanese media said a wake for Abe, 67, would be held on Monday, with a funeral for close relatives the next day.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) – the party that Abe once led – and other parties vowed not to let the assassination interfere with the democratic process.

Abe, 67, the longest-serving premier in Japanese history, succumbed to his injuries after around five hours of treatment.

Abe sustained injuries to the right side of his neck when a 41-year-old assailant opened fire on him early Friday.

Abe was delivering a speech seeking votes for a ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidate in Sunday’s elections to the upper house of the country's parliament.


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