Not Everyone Happy About Japan's Shinzo Abe's State Funeral

Published September 27th, 2022 - 08:27 GMT

Japan held a state funeral for former prime minister Shinzo Abe who was shot dead while giving a speech at a campaign event in western Japan on July 8th, 2022. Officials from 200 countries are participating in the ceremony which is taking place in Japan's Tokyo on September 27th.

Ex-PM Abe's ashes was carried by his widow Akie through the storied Budokan venue in Tokyo, where a 19-gun salute sounded in honour of the slain former leader.

Protesters demonstrated against the country's decision to hold a state funeral calling it 'Fascist state funeral'. People mainly protested spending taxpayer money on Shinzo Abe's funeral.

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Akie Abe (L), wife of Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe, bows to Japan's current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (2nd R) as she carries a cinerary urn containing her husband's ashes as she arrives to attend his state funeral at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota / POOL / AFP)

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Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) walks from the altar after offering flowers during the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP)

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A general view shows the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP)

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Britain's former prime minister Theresa May (L) prepares to lay flowers during the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP)

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Honour guards place a cinerary urn containing the ashes of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on the altar during his state funeral in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP)

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Guests attend the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP)

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Japan's late prime minister Shinzo Abe's widow Akie Abe (R) walks behind Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as she carries her husband's ashes during his state funeral in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP)

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US Vice President Kamala Harris (C) and US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel attend the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP)

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Thousands of Japanese and foreign dignitaries have gathered in Tokyo on September 27 to honour Abe, at a rare state funeral that has sparked controversy and protest. (Photo by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP)

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Akie Abe (L), wife of Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe, bows to Japan's current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (2nd R) as she carries a cinerary urn containing her husband's ashes as she arrives to attend his state funeral at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota / POOL / AFP)
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Jordan's King Abdullah II (R) walks from the altar after offering flowers during the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP)
Shinzo Abe
A general view shows the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP)
Shinzo Abe
Britain's former prime minister Theresa May (L) prepares to lay flowers during the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP)
Shinzo Abe
Honour guards place a cinerary urn containing the ashes of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on the altar during his state funeral in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP)
Shinzo Abe
Guests attend the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP)
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Japan's late prime minister Shinzo Abe's widow Akie Abe (R) walks behind Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida as she carries her husband's ashes during his state funeral in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP)
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US Vice President Kamala Harris (C) and US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel attend the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP)
Shinzo Abe
Thousands of Japanese and foreign dignitaries have gathered in Tokyo on September 27 to honour Abe, at a rare state funeral that has sparked controversy and protest. (Photo by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP)

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