Tetsuya Yamagami

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.