published : 2023-09-06
Attempted Murder Suspect Indicted for Attack on Japanese Prime Minister
Explosive incident comes a year after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
A suspect has been indicted for the attempted murder of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Ryuji Kimura, 24, was charged with attempted murder and other offenses after allegedly throwing a pipe bomb at the Prime Minister in April.
The attack took place while Kishida was campaigning in the fishing port of Saikazaki.
Although the prime minister was unhurt, two individuals were injured in the incident.
Kimura was apprehended at the scene by officials.
The indictment follows a three-month psychiatric evaluation, which concluded that Kimura is mentally fit to stand trial.
Investigators determined that the homemade pipe bomb used in the attack was indeed lethal.
It has been revealed that Kimura may have carried out the attack due to a desire to become a politician, feeling anger and frustration at being blocked from running for Japan's parliament in the 2022 elections.
To be eligible for the Upper House election, a candidate must be at least 30 years old and pay a deposit of $22,260.
Kimura, who was 23 at the time, filed a lawsuit claiming that he should have been allowed to register for the election.
He argued that the election system that prevented his candidacy was unconstitutional.
Kimura's social media posts also expressed animosity towards Japan's political climate.
The attacks on Prime Ministers Kishida and Abe shocked the nation, as incidents of gun and bomb violence are extremely rare in Japan.