Analysis of the Assassination of Former Japanese Prime Minister Shows Security Lapses; Highlights Uptick in Violent Behavior Towards Executives and Government Officials
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ShinzoAbe–Global insights and advisory firm, Emergent Risk International, teamed up with the protective intelligence experts at Ontic, AtRisk International and TorchStone Global to study the shocking July assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The incident and outcome of their analysis provide lessons in protecting high-profile individuals as well as highlighting an alarming increase in threats to public and private-sector executives and high-profile individuals.
“Geopolitical events, violent crime trends, the availability of weaponry—and as we saw in Abe’s murder, the ability to construct homemade weapons—continue to present ever-evolving threats to high-profile individuals and ongoing challenges to those tasked with protecting them,” said Meredith Wilson, chief executive officer of Dallas-based Emergent Risk International (ERI). “Given Japan’s reputation as a very safe country, the fact that such a crime occurred in broad daylight underscores a need for vigilance and threat awareness that can sometimes evade us in traditional ‘low threat’ environments.”
Among geopolitical, mental health and crime trends, the analysis discusses assassinations in recent years of elected officials in Germany and Britain and the shooting of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during a Congressional baseball practice. In the wake of COVID-19 and the contested 2020 election, there has been a wave of threats in the US and abroad directed at public health officials, election workers, scientists and politicians. Although not included in the study, in August, Iranian dissident Salmon Rushdie was also the victim of an attempted assassination that left him critically injured while speaking at a public event.
“We’re pleased to have partnered with these leading organizations to bring the industry a unique perspective on the unfortunate assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,” said Fred Burton, Executive Director of the Ontic Center for Protective Intelligence. “We hope the lessons learned in this attack are helpful for all security professionals as they continue to develop best practices for their programs.”
Private sector executives are hardly immune from such trends. Ontic survey data shows that nearly 90% of companies surveyed experienced a “dramatic” increase in threats in the first half of 2022, even over 2021’s elevated levels. Company security managers cite extremism, political polarization, mental health, and insider threats among the suspected reasons for the increase. The growing expectation that companies speak out on controversial and emotional issues has also increased security risks.
“Taken together, these trends suggest a need for clear-eyed, professional intelligence assessment that accounts for more than the immediate physical security environment,” said ERI’s Wilson. “A comprehensive assessment of public venues, threat actors, online rhetoric and analysis of data on root causes like mental health concerns, increased substance abuse and other related factors can assist decision-makers and security professionals in keeping their executives – and their entire workforce – safer.”
The full report can be accessed here on emergentriskinternational.com.
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