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.
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“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.
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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