Japan: national police chief resigns after the assassination of Shinzo Abe

Japan: National police chief resigns after Shinzo assassination Abe


Japan's national police chief, Itaru Nakamura, announced on Thursday that he had tendered his resignation after admitting failures in the protection of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated on July 8 during a an electoral rally. 

“We have decided to reorganize our team and start anew with regard to our security missions, and that is why I have proposed my resignation,” Mr. Nakamura said at a press conference.

The announcement was made during a press conference detailing the findings of the investigation into the breaches in the protection of the former Prime Minister.

“After thoroughly reviewing the incident, we have decided to start from scratch and review our security system,” Nakamura added.

< p>Shinzo Abe died of his injuries after being targeted by gunfire on July 8, during an election rally in the department in Nara (western Japan).

The suspect, arrested at the scene, blamed the former leader for his alleged links with the Unification Church, a religious group also nicknamed the “Moon sect”.< /p>

Mr. Abe, who held Japan's longest-serving premiership record, was Japan's best-known politician, but the security measures in place at his political rally were lax.

< p>The local police had recognized “undeniable” flaws in the security of the former leader.