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Japan: Hundreds rally in Tokyo against state funeral for slain former PM Abe03:26

Japan: Hundreds rally in Tokyo against state funeral for slain former PM Abe

Japan, Tokyo
September 27, 2022 at 18:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday to protest against the organisation of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state funeral, which reportedly cost around 11 billion dollars.

Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's history, was assassinated last July while speaking at a political event in Nara.

"Wondering what the politics of former Prime Minister Abe, who is now being buried in his own country, has been like. In other words, for us, Shinzo Abe has promoted neo-liberalism, a politics that devalues people," a protester said.

US Vice President Kamala Harris, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are among some 4,300 guests who are attending the service at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo.

Some 20,000 police were mobilised to prevent any security lapses during the first Japanese state funeral in 55 years .

Japan: Hundreds rally in Tokyo against state funeral for slain former PM Abe03:26
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Hundreds of people gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday to protest against the organisation of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state funeral, which reportedly cost around 11 billion dollars.

Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan's history, was assassinated last July while speaking at a political event in Nara.

"Wondering what the politics of former Prime Minister Abe, who is now being buried in his own country, has been like. In other words, for us, Shinzo Abe has promoted neo-liberalism, a politics that devalues people," a protester said.

US Vice President Kamala Harris, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are among some 4,300 guests who are attending the service at the Nippon Budokan Arena in Tokyo.

Some 20,000 police were mobilised to prevent any security lapses during the first Japanese state funeral in 55 years .