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Hideo Kojima Killed Shinzo Abe Hoax

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Hideo Kojima Killed Shinzo Abe Hoax is a July 2022 4chan hoax that claimed Japanese video game designer Hideo Kojima was the person who assassinated former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on July 8th that year. The hoax was spread by a French politician and by Iranian and Greek media, which inspired memes about Hideo Kojima secretly being an assassin.


On July 8th, 2022, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated by a man wearing a medical mask who was later identified as Tetsuya Yamagami, a 41-year-old Nara, Japan resident. Three and a half hours after the shooting, an anonymous 4chan[1] user created a /pol/ thread in which they wrote that the shooter's identity was confirmed, falsely claiming that the shooter was a 58-year-old Tokyo prefecture resident, describing the man as a "known leftwing extremist" and attaching a photograph of Hideo Kojima, a famous Japanese video game designer. In another post in the same thread,[2] the user shared three photographs of Kojima in which he wears an ushanka, stands next to a portrait of Che Guevara and carries a bag with Guevara's portrait. The user wrote that the man's name was "Samyeuru Hydeo," which is a reference to the long-running Sam Hyde Is the Shooter meme.


In the following hours, at least three media outlets and journalists and one politician fell for the hoax. On July 8th, 2022, multiple users on Twitter reported that Iranian journalist Akbar Gangji,[3] Iranian news website Mashregh News,[4] Greek TV channel Antenna News[5][6] and French far-right politician Damien Rieu[7][8] all fell for the hoax, sharing screenshots of their social media posts, broadcasts and articles (shown below). Twitter[8][9] user @NoxDawn shared two screenshots of @DamienRieu's Twitter feed, with one being a collage of three photographs of Kojima from the /pol/ thread, described by Rieu, "the extreme left kills," and the other being a retweet of a post that identified the man as "Samyuero Hydeo" (both tweets since been deleted, with Damien Rieu[10] issuing an apology). @NoxDawn's tweet gained over 14,500 retweets and 74,900 likes in three days (shown below, right).

L Arson the Raboot @ArsonRaboot Some iranian news website actually thinks that hideo kojima is the person who assassinated Shinzo Abe 2414 تصاویری از قاتل نخست وزیر ژاپن 10:51 AM - Jul 8, 2022 · Twitter for Android تصاویری از قاتل شینزو آبه نخست وزیر پیشین ژاپن را ببینید. BEI Konstantinos Antonopoulos @konstantinosant Oh my, ANT1 TV, I would bet that the man you pointed as Shinzo Abe's assassin looks suspiciously like @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN Another cheer for Greek Journalism youtu.be/Qb6A5UsqwRI | ONIA ΠΡΩΗΝ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ 'Α ΣΤΙΣ ΤΗΛΕΟΠΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΜΕΡΕΣ ANTI TV ΣΚΛΗ © @AntiNews ΔΟΛΟΦΟΝΙΑ ΠΡΩΗΝ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΜΠΡΟΣΤΑ ΣΤΙΣ ΤΗΛΕΟΠΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΜΈΡΕΣ 13:03 DANTI TV Ο ΔΟΛΟΦΟΝΙΑ ΠΡΩΗΝ ΠΡΩΘΥΠΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΜΠΡΟΣΤΑ ΣΤΙΣ ΤΗΛΕΟΠΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΜΕΡΕΣ E ANTI TV 10:54 AM · Jul 8, 2022 from Gerakas, Greece · Twitter for iPhone 13:03 MO@AntiNews @AntiNews ... ΣΚΛΗΡΕΣ ΕΙΚΟΝΕΣ Nox Dawn @NoxDawn In a now deleted tweet, French far-right politician Damien Rieu accused the far-left of murdering Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and used photos of game developer Hideo Kojima instead of pictures of the current suspect Tetsuya Yamagami Clémentine Autain @Clem_Autain - 2h J'apprends le décès de Shinzo Abe, ancien premier ministre du Japon. Je ne partageais strictement aucune de ses positions politiques, mais le crime commis est impardonnable. Pensées pour le peuple nippon. 282 Damien Rieu @DamienRieu Replying to @Clem_Autain 1206 L'extrême-gauche tue. Translate Tweet 2:18 PM Jul 8, 2022 Twitter for iPhone 36 Retweets 36 Quote Tweets 140 Likes 9:03 AM Jul 8, 2022. Twitter for Android 1,061 : BE

That day, more posts about Kojima being falsely identified as the assassin went viral on Twitter. For example, on July 8th, Twitter[11] user @JasTheLass tweeted that Kojima was likely doing something innocent like watching Flubber while false accusations against him were being spread online. The tweet garnered over 8,400 retweets and 71,900 likes in three days (shown below, left). Twitter[12] user @Medahlian tweeted that day about the spread of misinformation online being one of the themes of Hideo Kojima's 2001 video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, with the tweet gaining over 4,500 retweets and 32,900 likes in three days (shown below, right).

| BLM @JasTheLass Jas Hideo Kojima gets accused of assassinating just watching or some s--- Shinzo Abe and he's prolly the 4K release of Flubber 10:38 AM · Jul 8, 2022 · Twitter for Android . . Johanna @Medahlian If only there was a 2001 game by Hideo Kojima that would have warned people about misinformation in the age of the internet and social media, this would never have happened... if only. 1:03 PM Jul 8, 2022 · Twitter for Android

On July 9th, 2022, Hideo Kojima's company Kojima Productions condemned the spread of fake news and announced it will consider taking legal action in some cases.[13]

As the spread of the hoax became a viral topic on social media, it was referenced in memes that imagined Hideo Kojima as Shinzo Abe's killer and a deadly assassin. For example, on July 8th, 2022, Twitter[14] user @SpecterM91 made a post that gained over 1,600 retweets and 10,300 likes in three days (shown below, left). Also that day, the Facebook[15] page Certified Kino Bot – Cinephile Rebuild posted a meme that gained over 840 reactions and 150 shares in the same period (shown below, right).

Specter @SpecterM91 Famed video game director Hideo Kojima when I show up to break him out of his cell after being pinned as the killer of former prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe What took you so long? 4:48 PM Jul 8, 2022 Twitter for Android Are you going to shoot me?

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"Men will fight for reasons they don't understand, causes they don't believe in... But at least I'll leave a worthy successor... You, Kojima. You carve your own path, use whatever methods you see fit..."
random @MGS3Lover : hideo kojima is gonna be opening twitter on his phone after watching like minions or some s--- and he is just gonna have this face on him the whole time 3:33 PM Jul 8, 2022. Twitter Web App TheNCSmaster @TheNCSmaster The fact this sounds like something that could actually happen in Metal Gear Kotaku @Kotaku. 2h Hideo Kojima misidentified as Shinzo Abe assassin by news channel, politicians: bit.ly/ 3NRffr6 4:00 PM Jul 8, 2022. Twitter for iPhone ΣΚΛΗΡΕΣ ΕΙΚΟΝΕΣ

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External References

[1] 4plebs – /pol/ Post #385764883

[2] 4plebs – /pol/ Post #385764883

[3] Twitter – @HajPucciHaghgo

[4] Twitter – @ArsonRaboot

[5] Twitter – @konstantinosant

[6] Internet Archive – @TheKavernacle

[7] Twitter – @MarxFanAccount

[8] Twitter – @NoxDawn

[9] Twitter – @NoxDawn

[10] Twitter – @DamienRieu

[11] Twitter – @JasTheLass

[12] Twitter – @Medahlian

[13] Twitter – @KojiPro2015_EN

[14] Twitter – @SpecterM91

[15] Facebook – Certified Kino Bot – Cinephile Rebuild

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ICE Pepe

Amazing how the Sam Hyde meme still managed to fool some journalists and politicians in 2022. First with the Ghost of Kyiv and now this.

At this point the real Sam Hyde could legit murder somebody and many would still believe it's another fake


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