Hideo Kojima is mistakenly identified as Shinzo Abe’s killer by the media

A screenshot of Kojima's photo as it appeared on a Greek news broadcast.

Screenshot: ANT TV 1 / Kotaku

Earlier today, Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shockingly murdered. Then the internet did its usual shitty thing of making bad jokes about current events, and it eventually led to a news station in Greece misidentifying the famous game developer. Hideo Kojima as an assassin.

Shortly after today’s killing, shitty people in a dank corner of the internet joked that Abe’s alleged killer looked like Kojima. Ultimately, this reached twitterwhere the far-right French politician Damien Rieu— perhaps not realizing it was a joke — retweeted footage of Kojima with a comment that translates to “The far left kills,” helping spread it further. While Rieu ended up delete tweetsit seems the damage was already done and could have helped mislead at least one news station in Greece that was covering the assassination.

During a segment on the attack on Abe, the station aired footage of Kojima and misidentified him as the suspected killer. Here is the clip below:

ANT1 TV

A viewer who contacted Kotaku on the newscast helped translate what is being said during the part where Kojima is shown on screen.

Tetsuya confessed his actions to the police, admitting that he wanted Abe dead because he was disappointed and angry with him. The police learned that he [the culprit] had served in the Navy Special Forces and taught a medical school unit on physical therapy for patients with dementia. He was passionate about Che Guevara.

It appears some online – as well as this news broadcast – are linking the killer to Che Guevara based entirely on one of Kojima’s photos, which shows him standing next to an image of the famous Cuban revolutionary leader.

And to be clear: no, Kojima is not the killer, and the only reason this has become a thing is because of racists joking online that all Japanese people look alike. A horrific example of how shitty and offensive humor can have real-world consequences.

Hideo Kojima has yet to respond to being misidentified as Shinzo Abe’s killer, but I can’t imagine how horrible this situation is for the metal gear Creator. On ResetEra, where a thread grew about this situation, many are calling people who share this nonsense idiots and suggesting that the media and media companies don’t rip their 4chan stories or Twitter jokes. Good advice!