Shinzo Abe

FILE - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacts during a press conference at the prime minister official residence in Tokyo on Aug. 28, 2020. Japan's Cabinet on Friday, July 22, 2022 formally decided to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 for the assassinated former Prime Minister Abe, amid national debate over the plan which some criticize an attempt to glorify a divisive political figure. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Japanese authorities search for motive in Abe murder

The assassin of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is undergoing mental health evaluations as authorities try to find a motive to the killing. Abe, 67, was pronounced dead by doctors at the Nara Medical University Hospital, at 5:03 p.m local time on Friday, just over five hours after being shot while delivering a campaign speech in front of a small crowd on a street.

President Joe Biden holds a bouquet as he arrives to sign a condolence book at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Washington, Friday, July 8, 2022, for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was assassinated on Friday while campaigning. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden stunned by assassination of Frm Japanese PM

President Joe Biden said he’s stunned by the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. On Friday, Biden stressed that he’s outraged and deeply saddened by the news. He declared that the US stands with Japan in this moment of grief.