Japanese Miffed Over Lax Security For PM In Attack, After Abe Assassinated Just Months Ago

  • The fishermen who tackled the man suspected of the attack Saturday on Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Sunday he and others were surprised by the lack of security.
  • The incident happened at a fishing port with somebody throwing an object that landed near Kishida.
  • A security officer covered the object with a bulletproof briefcase, and the fishermen swarmed the attacker.
  • “I never thought a crime like this would happen in my hometown, which is a rather small fishing area,” said Tsutomu Konishi, one of the fishermen. “At a time when Japan’s serving prime minister was visiting, perhaps we may have needed a metal detector.”
  • Nine months earlier, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated during a campaign tour. And police said they tightened protective measures after a probe uncovered holes in Abe’s security.