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Ex-PM Abe Remembered 2 Years after Shooting

Ex-PM Abe Remembered 2 Years after Shooting

   Nara, July 8 (Jiji Press)--Flowers and prayers were offered for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, which marked the second anniversary of his gunning down during a stump speech in the western Japan city of Nara.
   Around 11:30 a.m., the time when the shooting occurred two years ago, lawmakers and others laid flowers on a ringed-off stand in front of Kintetsu Railway Co.'s Yamato-Saidaiji Station, near the shooting site. A portrait of Abe was placed on the stand.
   Security was tight, after a man was captured near the site on the first anniversary of the fatal shooting for carrying a black cylinder similar to the gun used by Tetsuya Yamagami, 43, who has been indicted on murder and other charges over Abe's shooting.
   Ken Katsube, 77, who visited the site with his 73-year-old wife, Midori, from Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, said, "We came to express our gratitude" to Abe. "He was a friendly person with a common touch."
   Takayuki Morino, 49, an auto mechanic in Oda, Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, who took a day off from work to offer flowers at the site, noted that the number of police officers had increased compared with last year. "I think the site should be a quiet memorial place."

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