Japanese city turns place where Shinzo Abe was shot dead

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Japanese city turns place where Shinzo Abe was shot dead

The place where former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was fatally shot while delivering a speech in July 2022 has been turned into a road with a sidewalk flowerbed nearby, following construction which ended on March 31.

The Nara Municipal Government had been doing roadwork on the north side of Kintetsu Railway's Yamato-Saidaiji Station before the assassination. While the city considered building a memorial honoring Abe after the shooting, it decided to move forward with its original plan to build a road, as some residents said they did not want to remember the incident. The guardrail surrounding the area where Abe was delivering his speech was removed at the end of 2022, and construction to expand a nearby sidewalk continued. A flowerbed was put in for those who wish to mourn the former prime minister.

Abe was shot from behind during a stump speech in the city of Nara on July 8, 2022. The Nara District Public Prosecutors Office indicted 42-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami on several charges including murder of the former prime minister with a homemade gun.