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A shooting occured of a former Japanese defence minister Tamazaw Tokuichiro while he was on his way home, Sankei newspaper reported on Tuesday citing police sources. although his injuries were not life threatening.
He was shot in the leg near his home in northern Japan.
Tamazaw Tokuichiro 81 years served as defence minister in the government of Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama.
A man was immediately appreheded following the shotting national broadcaster NHK said.
Police sources has declined further comments on the issue.