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Attendees attend the farewell ceremony for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Zojoji Buddhist Temple in central Tokyo. Archive photo

Opposition party leaders in Japan won’t attend Shinzo Abe’s funeral

TOKYO, September 15 – RIA Novosti. The opposition Japan Constitutional Democratic Party leadership will not attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, scheduled for September 27 in Tokyo, Kyodo news agency reported.

According to him, the relevant decision was taken by the party on Thursday.

“The holding of a state funeral is imposed by the decision of the Council of Ministers. It is absolutely natural for many to be rejected and doubted,” party chairman Kenta Izumi quoted the agency.

It was previously learned that Abe’s state funeral would be boycotted by the Communist Party of Japan, the Reiwa Shinsengumi party and the People’s Democratic Party.

The Japanese opposition has been harshly critical of the current government’s decision to hold a state funeral for Shinzo Abe, which would be fully funded by the state budget and without proper discussion in parliament. The decision for the state funeral was taken by the cabinet. This decision is also not supported by more than half of the Japanese.

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was mortally wounded while speaking at a campaign rally in Nara prefecture on July 8. His killer, 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, shot Abe twice with a homemade gun. In the second shot, the politician was wounded in the neck and chest, and it was fatal. As the doctors said, the wound in the chest was so deep that it reached the heart. Shinzo Abe bled to death. His funeral and cremation took place on 12 July.

Shinzo Abe’s state funeral will be held on September 27. About 6,000 people are expected to attend the funeral, as part of foreign delegations, as well as representatives of Japan’s regional and central authorities. Representatives of the imperial house may attend the ceremony. An altar will be set up for laying flowers for ordinary citizens.

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Source: Ria

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