Shinzo Abe is president of the Liberal Democratic Party and was elected prime minister of Japan in December 2012. He also served as prime minister in 2006 after being elected by a special session of Japan’s National Diet, but resigned after less than a year.
Japan PM Abe escapes injury in five-car collision
Agence France-Presse in Tokyo
A limousine carrying Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was involved in a five-car pile-up at a toll gate in Tokyo on Saturday but he escaped without any injuries, police said.
Two guards in a police car accompanying Abe’s official vehicle suffered slight injuries to the face, a Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said.
The police car made a sudden stop at the toll gate, which led to Abe’s vehicle bumping into it from behind.
Two other police cars and a saloon carrying reporters, which were trailing Abe’s limousine, were also involved in the collision, said the official.
Abe, known for his nationalist views, was on his way to a park in central Tokyo to attend a rally calling on North Korea to return Japanese nationals kidnapped by the communist state during the cold war, local media said.