Tokyo approved the allocation of $ 1.82 million for the funeral of former Prime Minister Abe

Portrait of Abe and flowers at a Buddhist temple, Zojaji in Central Tokyo, where the farewell ceremony with the former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Archive photo

The Cabinet of Ministers of Japan meeting on Friday approved the allocation of 250 million yen (or 1.82 million) for the organization of the funeral ceremony of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who died in July, as a result of an armed attack.

In particular, according to NHK TV channel, rent a room arena “Budokan” will cost 30 million yen (219,3 thousands of dollars), and 210 million yen (1.53 million dollars) will be spent on organizational matters. Expenses are fully covered from the state budget.

Abe was mortally wounded during a speech at a campaign rally in Nara Prefecture on July 8. The funeral and cremation took place on 12 July. State funeral Abe is scheduled for September 27. He will become the second former Prime Minister in the postwar period, after whose death will be a state funeral. The first was Shigeru Yoshida, who died on 20 October 1967.

The Japanese government is preparing to participate in the ceremony of gospodarek Abe about 6.4 thousand people, including representatives of foreign States the highest level.

To date, the Japanese government informed the 195 countries and the world and about 80 international organizations on the date of the state funeral Abe. In the ceremony, in particular, can participate former President Barack Obama, former Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel macron. In addition, Washington and Tokyo agreed the possibility of the participation of Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris in connection with the fact that President Joe Biden will not be able to attend, “as his schedule doesn’t allow”. In addition, the Prime Minister of South Korea Han duck-soo, Prime Minister of India Narendra modi also unable to visit Japan for a state funeral. His intention was stated and head of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.

The Japanese public is ambiguous attitude to the idea of Central government to hold the ceremony of a state funeral. Nearly half of Japanese people are against it, arguing that the funds would be better spent on combating the coronavirus and the support of the population in the face of rising prices for goods and services.