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Mass protests ahead of ‘expensive’ state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

Opposition to former state funeral Japani Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated during the campaign in July, was seen before the service on Tuesday. The protests that have been going on for almost two months have become a big problem for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Cost for State Funeral Shinzo Abe Estimated to be 1.7 billion yen, about $12 million has angered many in Japan, who believe the state-funded celebration is inappropriate for Japan’s heavily indebted government.

Shinzo Abe State Funeral: Anti-state funeral protesters demonstrate in an alleyway near Nippon Budokan before the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.  (AFP)
Shinzo Abe State Funeral: Anti-state funeral protesters demonstrate in an alleyway near Nippon Budokan before the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. (AFP)

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has attempted to quell public concerns several times since the protests began because the dispute undermines his proposed defense spending increase. Kishida’s The approval rating has fallen to the lowest level since he took office in October.

On Tuesday, Tokyo remained amid maximum security in anticipation of protests over the state funeral. Last week, A man apparently set himself on fire Protests at a state funeral near the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.


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