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Body of Japan ex-PM Abe returned to Tokyo

The Yomiuri Shimbun
A car believed to be carrying the body of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives at his home in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday.

A car believed to be carrying the body of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot dead Friday during a stump speech, arrived at his home in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, on Saturday afternoon.

The car set out early Saturday morning from Nara Medical University Hospital in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, where Abe had been treated following the attack.

Sanae Takaichi, chairperson of the Liberal Democratic Party’s Policy Research Council, Tatsuo Fukuda, chairman of the party’s General Council and bureaucrats who had served as secretaries to Abe when he was prime minister awaited the arrival of the car at Abe’s home.

Numerous reporters, including representatives of foreign media, gathered in front of the house and some neighbors were seen offering prayers.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited the home to offer his condolences Saturday afternoon.