Tokyo — The Government of Japan announced on Friday that it will hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 27.
Prime Minister Abe has served as prime minister for more than eight years for two terms and had a great influence on the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) even after he retired, but was shot down at an election rally two weeks ago and had a great impact on Japan.
His funeral took place immediately, but the Cabinet decided to hold a state funeral on Friday, September 27, at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo.
“As I have said, Prime Minister Abe has demonstrated unparalleled leadership and is responsible for addressing serious domestic and international issues,” Hirokazu Matsuno said at a press conference on Friday. ..
He said the funeral would be paid in full with state funding that is likely to be taken from budget reserves.
The last state funeral paid by the former Prime Minister in full by a national fund was in 1967, with consecutive funerals paid in part by the state and part by the Liberal Democratic Party.
Current plans have caused more and more anxiety. According to Kyodo News, about 200 people have gathered near the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, and the government may be trying to make political capital for Abe’s death from the use of taxpayer funds. There was opposition from social media, even complaints that there was. Consolidate his legacy.
On Thursday, 50 people filed an injunction with a court in Tokyo calling for a suspension of public funds, saying more discussion was needed before making a decision.