Flowers arrive at the residence of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Abe’s family paid tribute to him during a private Buddhist ritual on Thursday, marking the 49th day since his assassination.

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Flowers arrive at the residence of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Abe’s family paid tribute to him during a private Buddhist ritual on Thursday, marking the 49th day since his assassination.

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TOKYO — Japan’s national police chief said Thursday he will resign to take responsibility for the fatal assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a campaign speech last month.

National Police Chief Itaru Nakamura’s announcement came after his agency released a report on how he failed to save Abe’s life on July 8 when he was assassinated in Nara, western Japan.

A police report revealed holes in Abe’s police protection that allowed the alleged attacker to shoot him from behind.

Nakamura did not say when his resignation will be official.

The alleged gunman, Tetsuya Yamagami, was arrested at the scene and is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation until the end of November. Yamagami told police he targeted Abe because of the former leader’s ties to the Unification Church, which he hated.

Abe’s family paid tribute to him during a private Buddhist ritual on Thursday, the 49th day since his assassination.

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