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Mainichi | 30% support state funeral for ex-PM Abe, 53% opposed: poll, 23 Aug
"Another 17% said they were undecided about the plans for the state funeral following the assassination of Abe in July, the poll conducted by the Mainichi Shimbun and the Social Survey Research Center found."
Mainichi | Many local Japan assemblies adopt statements urging ex-PM Abe's state funeral be canceled, 22 Sep
In Kochi Prefecture in western Japan, the Otsuki Municipal Assembly passed a written opinion calling for cancellation of Abe's state funeral in a unanimous vote on Sept. 15, excluding the speaker and one absent member. The statement claims that, "Holding a state funeral should be decided in the Diet," and that, "Public opinion is evenly divided (over the state funeral), and carrying it out could create problems in the future."
The 10-member Nichinan Municipal Assembly in Tottori Prefecture, also in western Japan, adopted a resolution calling for the cancellation of Abe's state funeral in a unanimous vote on Sept. 8, excluding the speaker. The resolution states that, "The state funeral lacks clear legal basis, and public opinion has been split into two. The state funeral should be canceled in light of the actual circumstances surrounding funerals for past prime ministers."
According to a tally by the Mainichi Shimbun, local assemblies of at least 12 municipalities in Japan have adopted a statement or resolution calling for canceling the state funeral or withdrawing the plan. These include assemblies in the city of Kunitachi in suburban Tokyo, the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture[,] and the village of Ooshika in Nagano Prefecture....
Kyodo | State funeral for ex-PM Abe staged amid strong public opposition, 27 Sep
The National Police Agency has mobilized up to 20,000 officers to enforce strict security in the capital, particularly around the Nippon Budokan hall where the ceremony was held.
Opponents of the funeral have repeatedly held rallies in front of the prime minister's office, parliament building and elsewhere and filed lawsuits demanding that the event be scrapped. At a park near the venue, meanwhile, large numbers of people gathered to lay flowers from early in the morning.
A pair of large photographs of Abe were set up at the park, and entry was restricted to those placing flowers. After going through a security check, visitors placed flowers in a designated area and paid tribute to the former prime minister.
Earlier this month, a man set himself on fire on a street near the prime minister's office, police said, apparently intending to commit suicide in protest against the planned state funeral.
Among the more than 700 foreign guests
"Enough with humiliating ourselves diplomatically for the sake of a South Korea-Japan summit!" members of the group Movement for One Korea chanted [...] "The visits to pay respects at Yasukuni Shrine, the gaffes and denials of the truth regarding the Japanese military 'comfort women,' the sloppily put-together December 2015 comfort women agreement, the demands to take down Statues of Peace -- all of these happened during Shinzo Abe's term," the group said, stressing that the South Korean delegation should not attend his funeral.
are U.S. Vice President Kamala?! Harris, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi[,] and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. All the guests, who were required by the Japanese government to wear protective face masks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, laid flowers on a table below Abe's portrait....
Hankyoreh | Yoon returns from headache-filled trip to calls to reshuffle security team, 26 Sep
At his first stop in the UK, Yoon drew much criticism for his decision to send condolences for the death of Queen Elizabeth II without paying his respects in person. An expected South Korea-US summit failed to pan out in New York, where Yoon was visiting to attend a UN General Assembly session, and the trip produced nothing in the way of visible results on protectionist terms in the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) after the presidential office itself raised the South Korean public's hopes for them. In the case of Japan, the Yoon administration invited accusations of "submissiveness" with a cursory summit of ambiguous nature....
by Cat on Wed Sep 28th, 2022 at 12:48:48 AM EST
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