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Shot Doesn’t Hit Hosokawa

<i> The Baltimore Sun</i>

A suspected right-wing extremist fired a shot yards away from former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa on Monday in apparent protest over Hosokawa’s open apologies for Japan’s actions in World War II.

Hosokawa was not harmed. The bullet hit the ceiling of a Tokyo hotel, where he had spoken at a political party meeting.

Security guards quickly tackled the gunman, who was identified as Masakatsu Nozoe, 52. He later told police that he was upset by Hosokawa’s statements on Japan’s war role, Japanese news reports said.

Police said that Nozoe was believed to be a member of an extremist right-wing group.

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