‘Biggest Problem’ After Former PM Abe’s Fall, U.S. Security Pro Says


Last Updated on 07/11/2022 by てんしょく飯


On July 10, people were still mourning the death of former Prime Minister Abe in various parts of the country…. Even in front of his home in Tokyo….


U.S. Secretary of State Blinken is also scheduled to visit Japan on July 11 to offer his condolences.



 The deadly act occurred in the midst of a campaign speech.

The man reflected behind Mr. Abe is the suspect, Yamagami.


Around Mr. Abe can be seen what appears to be a security guard in a suit.


Mr. Abe was in a corner surrounded by guardrails.


The suspect, Yamagami, was across the roadway.


Was there any problem with the security system?


We asked a professional who had worked for President Obama and President Biden before his inauguration to analyze the scene.


CEO of Bomb Base, a private security company in the U.S.: “The distance from the spectators is too close. There is only a low guardrail where former Prime Minister Abe is standing, and the distance from the crowd is only about 3 meters. Anyone could walk up to former PM Abe.”


At first, the suspect, Yamagami, was standing across the street.


It was one minute and 14 seconds after the speech began that he began to move. He then approached a few meters behind Mr. Abe…. The video captured a black object, believed to be a bullet.


The Nara Prefectural Police explained that it was after the first gunshot that they first recognized the suspicious person. In response, security professionals….


CEO of Bomb Base, a private security company in the U.S.: “Probably one or two seconds, where the guy with the gun approaches and gets ready. There should have been enough time, but nobody moved. No one.”


Then a second shot rings out.


Bombaseth said that Japan has strict gun control regulations, and that the security measures may not have been designed with gunfire in mind.


CEO of Bomb Base, a private security firm in the U.S.: “At least they could have gotten between the muzzle of a gun and former Prime Minister Abe. You might think it wouldn’t be as easy as it looks in the movies, but at least they could have interfered with the attack.”


And the biggest problem, he says, is what Abe did after he fell.


CEO of Bomb Base, a private U.S. security company: “Look here. All the police officers are running toward the suspect. We don’t need this many people. The suspect has already been subdued.”


In the video, four people can be seen heading toward the location where the suspect Yamagami is to be subdued.


CEO of Bomb Base, a private security company in the U.S.: “We are concentrating too much on one location of the suspect and missing the next threat. What if there are other suspicious people with guns?”


He also pointed out that Abe needs to review his gun preparedness, as he should have a hospital and ambulance available to treat him in advance, rather than calling an ambulance after he has been shot.


Initially, the Nara Prefectural Police Department was concerned about the security system….


Nara Prefectural Police, Security Department Counselor: “I will refrain from giving you an answer.”


Nara Prefectural Police, Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department: “(Q. No mention of responsibility?) The scene is currently under investigation…”


However, on July 9, the situation took a turn for the worse….


Nara Prefectural Police Chief Tomoaki Onizuka: “It is with a heavy heart that I express my deepest regret. In light of the grave consequences, we cannot deny that there were problems with former Prime Minister Abe’s protection and security.”


On the other hand, some have pointed out the difficulty of security during election campaigns.


Seizo Sasaki, former Saitama Prefectural Police Investigation Section 1: “Some politicians want to be in close contact with their audiences. In the past, the number of handshakes would be enough to get votes. For the security system, this creates a danger. Forcing them to inspect their belongings may reduce the number of people in the audience. Our security personnel also need to be strongly trained to make resourceful decisions.”