Some social media users are claiming that former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated for not following World Economic Forum (WEF) orders over COVID-19. There is no evidence to back up this claim.
The text in the posts reads: “Assassinated Japanese P.M. didn’t follow WEF orders. Didn’t mandate vaccines, sent 1.6 million doses back and gave citizens ivermectin. Make sense now?”
There is no credible evidence, however, that Abe – who was assassinated on Friday - was killed for not following orders from the WEF, an international, non-governmental organization which is regularly cited in unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.
A police investigation into Abe’s killing prompted the head of the Japanese branch of the Unification Church to confirm on Monday that the mother of the suspected gunman was a member (here).
Tetsuya Yamagami, an unemployed 41-year-old, has been identified by police as the suspect who approached Abe and opened fire during a campaign speech on Friday. Yamagami believed Abe had promoted a religious group to which his mother made a “huge donation”, Kyodo news agency has said, citing investigative sources. The suspect told police his mother subsequently went bankrupt, the Yomiuri newspaper and other media have reported.
Police have confirmed the suspect said he held a grudge against a specific organization, but they have not named it (here).
It is true that Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 26, 2021, but it was more than a week after the domestic distributor received reports of contaminants in some vials. Japan and Moderna said no safety or efficacy issues had been identified and the suspension was just a precaution (here).
Reuters previously debunked claims (here) that Japan authorized ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19 or revoked a vaccine mandate.
False. There is no evidence that former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was killed for not following WEF orders about COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
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