China News Network, April 4 (Reporter Meng Xiangjun Zhang Naiyue) On the 15th local time, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was preparing to give a speech in Wakayama City, when an explosion suddenly sounded at the scene. Fumio Kishida then safely evacuated and changed the venue of his lecture to continue his speaking activities.
Chen Yang, a visiting researcher at the Center for Japanese Studies at Liaoning University, pointed out in an interview with Chinanews.com that this incident is another attack on the Japanese prime minister during the election since Shinzo Abe was shot in 2022. These incidents may shatter Japan's international image of "security and stability."
Image source: Screenshot of the Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) report
Japanese media reported that earlier on the 15th, when Fumio Kishida was preparing to deliver an election speech, there was a sudden explosion at the scene, and the Japanese media broadcast screen showed that a man at the scene was arrested by multiple policemen, and the crowd gathered at the scene ran around to take refuge.
RIA Novosti said that after the incident, Kishida Fumio decided to continue his speech activities and will speak in Wakayama City, as well as Chiba City, where the emergency has just occurred.
Hiroshi Moriyama, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan's Election Countermeasures, said, "I was very surprised when I heard the news. It is very regrettable that this happened during the elections, which is an inexcusable atrocity. ”
Data map: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
Chen Yang, a visiting researcher at the Center for Japanese Studies at Liaoning University, pointed out that this incident is another attack on the Japanese prime minister since Shinzo Abe was shot in 2022, and it also occurred during the election in Japan.
Chen Yang believes that compared with the last time Japanese security personnel did not respond effectively, this time (the response) is still significantly improved. This highlights the reflection and improvement in Japan's security field after the Abe incident.
He pointed out that when Abe was attacked in 2022, Japan was holding House of Councillors elections, and the attack against Kishida was during the by-election of representatives in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. The successive attacks on politicians will not only affect the election of various political parties in Japan, but also have a far-reaching impact on future elections in Japan, large and small.
On April 4, local time, an explosion was heard at the speech venue of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and a man believed to have thrown objects at the scene was subdued on the spot.
Chen Yang analyzed that the attack on Kishida is actually the latest extension of the current Japanese social anger. Recently, there have been many cases of homicide, arson and robbery in Japanese society, such as on April 4, a suspected arson case occurred in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, resulting in the death of five people. For a long time, Japan's image to the international community has been security, stability and good social security, but whether it is the recent many vicious cases or the attack on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, it will undoubtedly break the international image of "security and stability" in Japanese society, and Japan will become "no longer safe".
In 2022, after Abe's death, the Japanese mass media carried intensive reports, from the life of the suspect Toruya Yamagami to the manufacture of criminal weapons, etc., on the one hand, it did respond to the public's attention and concern, but on the other hand, it also played a negative suggestive role. Whether the suspect in the attack on Kishida was affected by the Abe incident and what is the real motive remains to be further investigated by the Japanese police. However, for the Japanese media, it is also necessary to think about the reporting scale and reporting boundaries of similar cases, otherwise it is likely to induce the next "Toruya Yamagami".
Data map: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Chen Yang said that Japan will hold the Group of Seven (G5) Hiroshima summit in May. After the attack on Abe in 7, it has increased the anxiety in Japan and abroad about the security situation of the G2022 Hiroshima summit, and this time the attack on the prime minister has to make public opinion inside and outside Japan question whether Japan can "safely" host the G7 Hiroshima summit. (End)