Broken dreams, broken family: Why gunman hatched plan to assassinate former Japan PM Abe

Tetsuya Yamagami is believed to have hatched his plan to assassinate former premier Shinzo Abe when he saw a video message that Mr Abe had given to the Unification Church's friendship group. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TOKYO - Tetsuya Yamagami, the gunman who now faces the death penalty for killing former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, had broken dreams and a broken family.

His father committed suicide in 1984, when Yamagami was four years old. His mother, so sucked into the Unification Church, bankrupted herself after donating at least 100 million yen (S$1 million) - and kept giving.

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