Shinzo Abe state funeral: World leaders, family gather to honour ex-PM

Shinzo abe state funeral: world leaders, family gather to honour ex-pm

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Friends, world leaders and family gathered on Tuesday in Tokyo to attend the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July.

Current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the man who preceded him, Yoshihide Suga, each paid tribute to Abe, who had held the role twice, the most recent for eight years straight. Suga, speaking as Abe’s friend, remembered spending time with Abe at the prime minister’s office and said all the staff were “bright and full of energy” when they worked together.

“I will say this repeatedly, prime minister Abe, you were a true leader to our country Japan,” he said.

Abe’s ashes were carried into the Nippon Budokan Hall by his widow, Akie, when the ceremony began before officers placed it at the front of the hall below a large portrait of the former prime minister.

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