Taiwan condemns ‘violence’ following shooting of Japan’s Shinzo Abe

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Friday condemned what she called "violent and illegal" action in response to the shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a campaign event in western Japan earlier in the day.

"Taiwan and Japan are both democratic and rule-based countries. On behalf of Taiwan's government, I strongly condemn violent and illegal acts," Tsai said on social media.

Abe, 67, was taken to hospital after he was shot while giving a campaign speech on the street in the city of Nara, just two days before the Diet's upper house elections.

Tsai said she was "shocked and saddened" by the news, describing Abe as a staunch supporter of Taiwan and a good friend of hers. Tsai said she hoped the former prime minister would soon be "out of danger."

Tsai added that she had instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Taiwan's representative to Japan Frank Hsieh (???) to express sympathy to the Japanese government as well as Abe's family and to monitor the situation closely.

It is not immediately clear how serious Abe's injuries are, but Japan's public broadcaster NHK has cited emergency services as saying that the former prime minister was showing "no vital signs."

According to NHK, Abe was shot from behind with a shotgun by a male suspect in his 40s, who has since been arrested by the police.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel