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Jul 10, 2022 10:24 PM
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Reporter’s Notebook: Covering Abe’s Final Hours

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lies on the ground after he was shot while giving a speech Friday in the western city of Nara, Japan. Photo: VCG
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lies on the ground after he was shot while giving a speech Friday in the western city of Nara, Japan. Photo: VCG

When I saw the news break on my smartphone Friday morning that Shinzo Abe had been shot, I immediately departed for Nara from my home in Tokyo. Over the next 12 hours, I saw the scene of the shooting, visited the hospital where Abe was treated, and got the chance to ask a question of the doctor who tried to save the life of the man who had been Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.

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