At approximately 1130 local time (0230 UTC) on 8 July 2022, a gunman shot and killed former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe while he was delivering a campaign speech outside the Yamato-Saidaiji train station in the western city of Nara — located approximately 35 km (20 mi) east of Osaka. The assailant, armed with a homemade weapon, opened fire on the former prime minister twice from behind. Abe was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Police officers arrested a suspect and officials have launched an investigation into the killing. The detained suspect is a former member of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and was reportedly dissatisfied with the former prime minister’s policies. Abe had traveled to Nara to show support for a candidate of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the 10 July election of the upper house of parliament.