July 18, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

July 18, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.Grudges against a religious group were expressed in social media posts believed to have been written by the man accused of murdering former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. Investigators have learned that the suspect, Yamagami Tetsuya, had developed animosity toward the Family Federation of World Peace and Unification, formerly known as the Unification Church, to which his mother had donated money. The 41-year-old was arrested at the scene of the fatal shooting of Abe in Nara City on July 8.
2.A memorial service was held on Monday for people killed in an arson attack at a western Japan animation studio three years ago. The fire at Kyoto Animation on July 18 in 2019 killed 36 people and injured 32.
3.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has fired the country’s prosecutor general and the head of the state security service. He announced the decision to remove Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova and dismiss the head of the security service, Ivan Bakanov, in a video post on Sunday.