Japan hosts national funeral for former premier Abe amid protests
(MENAFN) Shinzo Abe, who was murdered two months ago (July) during his time leading the office, was honored at a state burial in Japan on Tuesday.
Protests were also started by the verdict to hold the state funeral in a park close to Tokyo's Nippon Budokan Hall, where over 700 foreign dignitaries and residents are paying their respects to the former chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, credited with bringing stability to the country's political scene.
After Abe's cremated remains reached at the location and were delivered to Premier Fumio Kishida by the deceased premier's wife Akie Abe, the ceremony got underway at nearly 2.13 PM (0513GMT). The imperial family of Japan is being represented at the state burial by Crown Prince Akishino.
The national anthem of Japan was displayed at the venue before a brief video showing Abe's life as well as achievement as its ruler was shown.
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