Kojima Productions warns the public that it will file a defamation suit against purveyors of false information about the assassination of Shinzo Abe.
Kojima Productions, the video game development studio owned and run by video game developer Hideo Kojima, has officially responded to the spread of false information implicating Kojima in the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last Friday. In a tweetKojima Productions denounced the fake news saying, “[Kojima Productions] strongly condemns the dissemination of fake news and rumors conveying false information. We do not tolerate such defamation and will consider taking legal action in certain cases.
#KojimaProductions strongly condemns the dissemination of fake news and rumors conveying false information. We do not tolerate such defamation and will consider taking legal action in certain cases. pic.twitter.com/fDi0FR9kB0
— KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) July 9, 2022
Although at this time Kojima Productions has not filed any defamation suits against anyone, this should serve as a warning to anyone on the internet who carelessly shares misinformation maliciously.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed last Friday while delivering a campaign speech to a crowd in Nara, Japan. After the assassination, misinformation spread on the internet attributing images of Hideo Kojima to the perpetrator of the murders.
Shinzo Abe’s real assassin was a former Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force sailor, making a homemade shotgun for assassination. The assassin was reported to have targeted the former prime minister for his alleged links to the religious movement Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, also known as the Unification Church, a Christian denomination originating in Korea from South. The killer’s mother has been confirmed by the Church as one of its members. The motivation appears to be the assassin’s apprehensions with the church, targeting the former Prime Minister as a target of perceived high value who the assassin thought was part of the church.
Shinzo Abe was rushed to Nara Medical University Hospital, but doctors were unable to save his life. His body was immediately returned to Tokyo afterwards and his funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2022.