Japan to hold state funeral for Shinzo Abe . this fall

It will be the first state funeral for a former Japanese prime minister since Shigeru Yoshida’s in 1967.

A national funeral will be held in Japan this fall in memory of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated last Friday at the age of 67, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Thursday. Shinzo Abe led Japan for more than eight and a half years (between 2006 and 2007 and then from late 2012 to the summer of 2020), a national record, and strongly marked its economic and diplomatic policies, Mr Kishida recalled at a press conference . “Messages of condolence poured in from Japan and abroad. With this in mind, we are holding a state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe in the autumn.he stated.

The event will also be a way of signaling that the “Japan will not shrink in the face of violence» and that he «determined to protect democracysaid the Prime Minister.

It will be the first state funeral for a former Japanese prime minister since that of Shigeru Yoshida in 1967, who played a key role in the country’s post-war reconstruction.

A funeral has already taken place on Tuesday at a large Buddhist temple in Tokyo that has been reserved for Mr Abe’s family and relatives. Thousands of citizens also paid tribute to him around the temple and as his funeral procession passed through the center of the capital.

mr. Abe was shot dead last Friday in Nara, western Japan, while giving an election speech. His alleged killer, Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, was arrested immediately after the attack. He told investigators that he directed it at Mr Abe because he was angry at a religious organization (the Moon Sect, editors’ note) with which the former head of government he believed had links. According to local media, the mother of Mr. Yamagami has made large donations to this organization in the past, leaving her own family in serious financial trouble.

The Unification Church, a movement of South Korean origin, also known as themoon sectYamagami’s mother was one of his followers on Monday, without specifying the extent of his gifts. She also said that Mr. Abe had “no”neverwas one of its members or advisers.

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