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Japanese police arrest man over attempted murder of PM

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Ryuji Kimura, a 24-year-old man, has been charged with attempted murder for throwing a pipe bomb at Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during a campaign event in western Japan in April. 

Kishida was unharmed, and Kimura was arrested at the scene. 

The incident occurred less than a year after former leader Shinzo Abe was assassinated on the campaign trail. 

According to AFP, Kimura was indicted on Wednesday 

A search of Kimura’s home revealed suspected gunpowder, pipe-like objects, and tools. 

Before his indictment, Kimura has remained silent since his arrest and reportedly underwent psychiatric evaluation for about three months before being charged. 

He had previously filed a lawsuit against the government over the country’s minimum age for running in elections.

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