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Hundreds demand cancellation of funeral of former Japan PM Shinzo Abe

The decision to keep one for Shinzo Abe was made by cabinet and did not go through parliamentary approval. Its legality has been challenged by some lawyers’ groups.

The decision to keep one for Shinzo Abe was made by cabinet and did not go through parliamentary approval. Its legality has been challenged by some lawyers’ groups.

Several hundred protesters demanded the cancellation of the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as they raised slogans and waved banners in a Tokyo park on Friday.

“Abe’s policies supported the war,” said protester Mayumi Ishida, as Abe continued to demand increased defense spending. Like others in protest, Mr. Ishida said he feared Abe’s views would take a step back to the days of Japan’s militarism before World War II.

Abe, who was murdered In July, was Japan’s longest-serving leader and one of the most divisive in the post-war period, due to his revisionist outlook of wartime history, support for a strong military, and critics of an autocratic approach and cronyism. it is said.

Opposition to state funerals has also increased due to the politicians’ close ties with the Unification Church. Suspect held responsible in social media post murder of abe Show that he blamed the church for ruining his life, and police say he targeted Abe over his ties to the organization.

The government’s plan for his state funeral to be held on Tuesday has drawn public protests against the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has ruled Japan for almost the entire post-war period.

Protests and marches against the state funeral are spreading across the country, with hundreds of people attending. Earlier this week, a man set himself on fire at the prime minister’s residence in what was described as a suicide attempt in protest at the funeral.

Yoshiko Kamata, a part-time worker at a convenience store, admitted that the state funeral could not be stopped, but it was a good opportunity to take home her message that Abe never stood up to regular people.

“We want to show where we stand,” she said, as dictators were being invited to state funerals. “Just because he’s dead, we’re not going to forgive Abe.”

State funerals in Japan have historically been reserved for the emperor. The decision to keep one for Abe was made by cabinet and did not go through parliamentary approval. Its legality has been challenged by some lawyers’ groups.

The official public tab for the funeral is about 1.7 billion yen ($12 million), but experts add to the total costs hidden in the form of security. On Friday’s dharna, the police came out in large numbers. Some politicians have announced they will not attend the funeral, including ruling party legislator Seichiro Murakami, a former minister, who said it had failed to garner public support.

Incidentally, Abe’s state funeral has been compared to a recent state Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in Britain,

Graduate student Daiki Kikuchi, sipping beer while watching the Queen’s funeral at a British pub in Tokyo, couldn’t help but draw a contrast. “I think British culture is looking at it, and there’s a royal family that people like,” he said. “But he’s not the king.”

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