Shinzo Abe’s Funeral Is Being Held in Japan!
The body of former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe will be cremated at Tokyo’s Kirigaya Funeral Hall, following a private funeral on Tuesday.
The hearse carrying Abe’s body went through the streets of the Japanese capital, passing by important buildings like the Prime Minister’s office and the Parliament building.
Huge crowds have lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the hearse carrying the body of the slain former leader. Many were seen waving and raising their arms in the air as the vehicle drove past, while others bowed their heads in respect.
Akie Abe, who was married to Abe, was seen riding in the hearse’s front seat.
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A live TV broadcast shows that the hearse with Shinzo Abe’s body has arrived at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo.
Members of the Japanese government, such as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Abe’s brother and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, were there to greet the hearse. They were seen bowing when the hearse and the line of black cars pulled up.
Akie Abe, who was married to Abe, waved to the mourners from the front seat of the hearse.
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“I don’t think it will be pointless for him to die. What he did in his life will affect people all over the world.”
In photos: Crowds mourn Shinzo Abe outside Zojoji Temple
People are gathering in Tokyo today to mourn the death of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They have lined the streets around Zojoji Temple, where the funeral service is taking place.
Only the former leader’s family, close friends, and foreign dignitaries are invited to the funeral, but many people came to pay their respects.
Photos from the scene show people crying and holding flowers, notes, and other gifts to put at the memorial outside the temple.
Abe had two terms in office, from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020. He was a controversial but well-liked figure.
The temple is a historic and culturally important building that dates back hundreds of years. It holds the tombs of Japan’s military leaders from the Edo period.
On Monday night, Abe’s widow, Akie Abe, and other relatives and guests came to the temple for a private wake.
After the funeral service, Abe’s body will be taken from the temple in a hearse to the Kirigaya Funeral Hall to be burned.
On the way, the hearse will pass by important places like the office of the Prime Minister, the Parliament building, and the headquarters of Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party. At the Prime Minister’s office complex, staff will stand outside to see him off.
“He did a lot, or he wouldn’t have been our longest-serving prime minister.”
Allies of Abe praised the policy for boosting consumer and investor confidence and getting Japan’s economy back on track. But after getting off to a good start, it slowed down, so in 2015 Abe fired “three new arrows” to boost the country’s GDP. Any hope that they would eventually reach their goal was shattered when Covid-19 hit Japan in 2020 and put the country into a recession.
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Abe was a well-known person around the world. He built strong ties with the United States, which was Japan’s most important ally after World War II. He also tried to get to know former US President Donald Trump on a personal level by going to New York to meet him while former President Barack Obama was still in office.
“The US and Japan have been allies for a very long time but what you saw under Abe was almost taking the bilateral relationship to another level,” said Harris, a senior fellow for Asia at the Center for American Progress.
“It was agreed that Japan had no choice but to find a way to make sure the US cared about its security and the security and prosperity of the region as a whole.”
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