Japan arranges formal funeral for late Premier Abe despite protests
(MENAFN) Shinzo Abe, who was slain in July while running for office, was honored at a state burial in Japan on Tuesday.
Protests were also started by the decision to hold the state funeral in a park close to Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall, where over 700 foreign dignitaries and citizens are paying their respects to the former head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, credited with bringing stability to the country's political scene.
After Abe's cremated remains arrived at the location and were delivered to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida by the deceased premier's wife Akie Abe, the ceremony got underway at roughly 2.13 p.m. (0513GMT). The imperial family of Japan is being represented at the state burial by Crown Prince Akishino.
The national anthem of Japan was performed at the venue before a brief video highlighting Abe's life and career as its leader was shown.
These a some of the passages from Abe's remarks that were played at the occasion, “Japan is back … Future of Japan depends on what we do now.”
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