Japan election on Sunday in shadow of PM’s murder

The body of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest serving prime minister, arrived at his Tokyo residence on Saturday after he was shot during a campaign speech in the western city of Nara.  The assassin was arrested at the scene of the attack for which he was said by police to have used a homemade gun. Firearm sales are strictly controlled in Japan.

The LDP – the party that Abe led – and other parties said they would resume campaigning ahead of Sunday’s vote for the upper house, determined not to let the assassination stop democracy.  The LDP and coalition partner Komeito are expected to cement their majority in parliament.

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