Japan plans state funeral Sept. 27 for slain former leader Shinzo Abe

安倍元総理の国葬 9月27日に日本武道館で最終調整

washingtonpost.com -- Jul 20
Japan is looking to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 to honor former prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated this month, Japanese news outlets reported Wednesday.

The event is expected to a be a major gathering of current and former world leaders, with dignitaries already making plans to attend to commemorate Abe, who worked to increase Japan’s image and influence globally and was the country’s longest-serving and most recognizable leader of the modern era.

Arrangements for a state funeral have sparked mixed reactions and criticisms of whether taxpayer money should be spent on the event, particularly for a leader who was domestically divisive.

It would be the second state funeral in postwar Japan since the 1967 death of Shigeru Yoshida, and a break from past practice in which ceremonies for former leaders have been jointly funded by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the Japanese Cabinet. A state funeral would be fully taxpayer-funded. ...continue reading

Jul 20 (ANNnewsCH) - 参議院選挙の応援演説中に銃撃され亡くなった安倍元総理大臣の国葬について、政府が9月27日に行う方向で最終調整していることが分かりました。  ...continue reading

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