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Fact Check-Image of a tweet by Shinzo Abe about Hillary Clinton is fabricated

Social media users are sharing an image of what appears to be a tweet in Japanese and English from an account belonging to the former Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who died on Friday from gunshot wounds sustained at a campaign event.

Reuters reporting on the assassination can be seen (here).

Examples of the image can be seen (here) and (here).

The image is purported to be a screenshot of a Japanese-language post on Abe’s verified Twitter account, alongside an alleged translation to English via Google.

The Japanese portion of the screenshot reads: “繰り返しになりますがですね、私.”

The purported English translation reads: “I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.”

It is dated July 7, 2022 – the day before Abe was assassinated.

In comments, some Twitter users are unsure of the validity of the image, asking, "Is this real? I don’t see it on his Twitter" (here) and "Did Shinzo Abe tweet this???" (here), while many recognize it as a joke: "This is obviously a sick joke, but a funny one" (here) and a popular internet meme "How do you fall for a classic (and kinda true) internet joke" (here).

Reuters has previously factchecked the use of the same phrase following the deaths of prominent figures (here), (here).

The Twitter account shown in the photo does not belong to the former prime minister. It carries the handle @ShinzoAbe, while Abe’s official account was @AbeShinzo (twitter.com/AbeShinzo), and it made no such post, according to an archived version of the account (here).

Moreover, the alleged English translation of the Japanese tweet does not match. It instead reads as: “As I mentioned before/once again, me”.

VERDICT

False. There is no evidence that the message depicted in the image came from an account owned by Shinzo Abe.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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