Japan’s Shinzu Abe laid to rest amid controversies

Japan’s Shinzu Abe laid to rest amid controversies

By Junex Doronio
September 27, 2022

MANILA — Even in his final resting place, former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe continued to stir controversies as his full state funeral on Tuesday was met by protests in Tokyo streets.

Foreign leaders, including Vice President Sara Duterte, US Vice President Kamala Harris and Theresa May, who was British PM while Abe was in power for almost nine years, attended the event.

According to reports by Associated Press carried by United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, Abe was shot dead at a political rally in July, by a man angry at his association with the Unification Church.

AP reports said Abe was cremated in July after a private funeral at a Tokyo temple days after he was assassinated while giving a campaign speech on a street in Nara, a city in western Japan.

The same report noted that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says “Japan’s longest-serving postwar political leader deserves a state funeral. But the undemocratic decision to give him the rare honor with imperial ties, the cost, and controversies about his and the ruling party’s ties to the ultra-conservative Unification Church have fueled controversy about the event.” (ai/mtvn)

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