In this file photo taken on April 21, 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves as he heads to Indonesia at Tokyo International Airport. Photo: AFP
The assassination of the former Japanese Prime Minister seems to have had a “cat copy” impact in surrounding countries and regions including South Korea and the island of Taiwan on the potential threat of assassination of high -ranking politicians.
Despite being a particularly unique case of Abe’s death and unlikely to trigger a horrific “murder trend,” experts said the murder sounded the alarm over a larger political crisis associated with to enthusiastic conservative forces.
According to Yonhap News Agency, a South Korean netizen posted a threat to shoot the country’s President Yoon Suk-yeol online on Saturday morning (local time). The netizen was arrested by police for attempted coercion, according to a media report.
The netizen, in his 40s, reportedly uploaded three articles on a website threatening to kill Yoon. The article reads “[I will] you go to Yongsan [where the presidential office is located]”and” there are six bullets left. “
The netizen deleted the articles 10 minutes after uploading them, and he voluntarily surrendered himself to police on Sunday afternoon, saying he was only joking, according to South Korean media.
A similar case happened on the island of Taiwan where a local netizen posted “If I were you, I would also shoot and kill Tsai Ing-wen,” on Friday when Abe was shot in Japan. The netizen allegedly wrote the comment on Professional Technology Temple (PTT), the island’s largest online bulletin board system, according to the Taipei Times.
The netizen was later identified as a 22-year-old university graduate with the surname Chen, and police arrested him at his home later the same day.
Preliminary investigations found that Chen graduated from university this year and was looking for work, police said, adding that he allegedly expressed resentment over Taiwan’s political situation, the Taipei Times reported.
Abe, 67, Japan’s longest -serving modern prime minister, was shot dead on Friday while making a speech in support of a local candidate in the Western Japanese city of Nara, by Tetsuya Yamagami. The suspect told police that his mother had made a large donation to a religious group and his family was damaged as a result, according to Japanese media reports.
Abe’s murder during an isolated incident could trigger some social unrest and politicians to comply, warned some observers, urging relevant departments to tighten security measures for vital public figures. frame.
Abe’s murder sounded an alarm over religious extremism, terrorism, and other social hot button issues, a senior Beijing -based international relations expert told the Global Times, on condition of anonymity.
Abe’s assassination, along with netizens ’threats to kill other high-ranking politicians, has exposed rising conservative political forces in developed countries and regions, which could cause widespread public security concerns, and create social unrest, says an unknown expert.
Political conservative forces prevalent in countries like Japan and the U.S. tend to be extreme, and their actions and consequences are also becoming extreme, some observers warn.
U.S. society also shows a tendency to promote white supremacy and religious extremism that prevailed in the 18th century, they say.