Many people have gone spontaneously since Tuesday morning in front of the temple to pay tribute to the leader whose violent death at the age of 67 shocked the country.

Shinzo Abe’s family and relatives were expected to attend the funeral of the assassinated former Japanese prime minister last Friday in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 12, while investigations continue into the suspect arrested at the scene of the attack.

The ceremony was to take place in the afternoon at the Zojoji Buddhist temple in central Tokyo, in particular in the presence of Shinzo Abe’s widow, Akie, and incumbent Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Many people spontaneously went to the temple in the morning to pay tribute to the leader whose violent death at the age of 67 shocked the country. “I am shocked and angry. I can’t get over my sadness, so I came to lay flowers and pray“Tsukasa Yokawa, 41, confides to AFP.

I really respected him. He was a great prime minister who did a lot to increase Japan’s presence in the world“He adds. The public tributes would later take place in Tokyo and in the department of Yamaguchi (southwest), of which Shinzo Abe was one of the representatives in the lower house of Parliament.

posthumous decoration

More than 2,000 people attended a wake on Monday at the same temple, including Fumio Kishida, a representative of Emperor Naruhito, Japanese political and business personalities, and foreign diplomats. At the scene, a photograph was shown showing Shinzo Abe smiling in a shirt without a tie, while a video showed Akie Abe singing and her husband accompanying her at the piano, those in attendance at the Jiji agency said.

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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, currently traveling to Asia, also attended the wake on Monday, and the Taiwanese vice president paid a discreet visit to Tokyo for the occasion. According to local media, Shinzo Abe will posthumously receive the Grand Collar of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum, the archipelago’s most prestigious decoration.

He was shot at on Friday while attending an election rally in Nara for Sunday’s senatorial elections, where the Liberal Democratic Party (PLD, nationalist right) to which he belonged unsurprisingly achieved a comfortable victory. His suspected killer, arrested at the scene of the attack, was identified by police as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami, a former member of the Japanese Navy’s Maritime Self-Defense Force. According to police sources cited by local media, he watched YouTube videos showing how to make a homemade firearm like the one used in the attack.

Moon sect

The suspect explained that he deliberately targeted Shinzo Abe, saying he was angry with an organization he thought he was affiliated with. The Japanese media immediately claimed that it was a religious organization to which Tetsuya Yamagami’s mother would have made large donations, putting their family in great financial difficulties.

The Unification Church, a South Korean cult also known as thelunar sect“He confirmed at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday that the suspect’s mother was among his followers, but assured that Shinzo Abe was neither a member nor an adviser to the organization. Shinzo Abe, heir to a political dynasty, detained the longevity record as Prime Minister of Japan, which he held in 2006-2007 and then again from late 2012 to summer 2020.

Nationalist and pragmatic at the same time, he made an impression with his bold economic policy dubbed the “Abonomy“, Combining massive fiscal stimulus with ultra-accommodative monetary policy. He also advocated a Japan free of its militarist past and dreamed of revising the Japanese pacifist constitution of 1947, written by the American occupiers and never changed since. He had been forced to resign for health reasons, but had remained very influential within the PLD that he had led for a long time.

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