Funeral for Shinzo Abe Is Held in Tokyo

Tokyo – grieving intonedes on Tuesday at his funeral of the former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and his coffin was driven past parliament and the office of the Prime Minister, where he ruled for more than eight years.

Mr. Abe was shot at a political rally on July 8th. He was 67 years old. The police arrested the 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, who is suspected of shoting Mr. ABE with a self-made weapon.

The funeral took place in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo. At the service inside, in which a relatively small group of family members and friends took part, Mr. Abes widow Akie said that her husband’s sudden death was like a dream.

“As a politician, he left a lot to do, but he planted a lot of seeds and I think they will open,” Ms. Abe told the mourners according to the public service broadcaster NHK.

While crowds of people lined the streets, a car drove past the towns of Mr. Abe’s coffin, where he spent his almost 30-year career as a legislator, including the parliament building and the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

It entered the site of the Prime Minister’s office, where he served from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020, which made him the oldest servant in Japanese history. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other dignitaries bowed when the car drove past.

People appeared on Tuesday before the funeral of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to perform flowers at an altar in the Zojoji Temple in Tokyo.


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The police said that the suspect, Mr. Yamagami, told the investigators that he was angry with a religious group to which his mother donated money. Mr. Yamagami said he had targeted Mr. ABE because he believed that the former leader had connections to the group, the police said.

On Monday, the head of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, a branch of a church founded by Rev. Moon Moon in South Korea, said that Mr. Yamagami’s mother had joined the church at the end of the 1990s and donated regularly, but his events Mother went bankrupt in 2002.

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