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Japan fires former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a state funeral two months after he was assassinated

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State funeral in memory of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began this Tuesday in Tokyo with the presence of some 4,300 attendeesincluding 700 representatives from foreign countries and international organizations.

The funeral began after 2:00 p.m. local time in the pavilion Nippon Budokan of Tokyo after the transfer there of the urn with the ashes of Abe, and include interventions in memory of his figure, the celebration of a minute of silence, the projection of a video about him and floral offerings, among other acts.

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The tribute to Abe, who was murdered last julyis celebrated surrounded by a large security device and between citizen protests, contrary to the celebration of a public act for one of the most influential leaders and also the one who most polarized post-war Japan.

The spokesman for the Executive, Hirokazu Matsuno, has been in charge of formally starting the ceremony in the pavilion, decorated for the occasion with a giant portrait of Abe and with flower arrangements that symbolize the mountains of Japan, after which the national anthem and a minute of silence was observed.

Abe’s is the first state funeral celebrated in Japan since that of former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida in 1967who led the economic reconstruction of the Asian country after World War II.

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Abe was shot in the middle of the street during an electoral act on July 8, by a man who was arrested after committing the attack and who confessed to the authorities that his motivation for the assassination was the politician’s endorsement of the controversial Unification Churchalso known as the “Moonies” or the “Moon Sect”.

Four days after his murder it was already celebrated a private funeral in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, attended by hundreds of people including Abe’s relatives, political and business representatives and foreign dignitaries.

Many Japanese also approached the temple to pay their respects.

The current Japanese Prime Minister, fumio kishidadecided to organize a new funeral financed by public coffers to allow foreign representatives and citizens to pay tribute to Abe, which has generated considerable rejection by the opposition and the Japanese people.

This same Tuesday several demonstrations have been called in Tokyo against the funeral and whose route will end near the pavilion where the act is celebrated. According to a recent survey by the state network NHK, more than half of Japanese are against the celebration of the state funeral.

Source: Lasexta

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