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PM Modi and world leaders attend the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo


Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined several world leaders in Tokyo on Tuesday to attend the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan began the state funeral with its widow Akie carrying her ashes to a hall in Tokyo where thousands of mourners gathered. Tributes were paid with flowers, prayers and a 19-gun salute.

Prior to the ceremony, Prime Minister Modi held a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida. He highlighted former Prime Minister Abe’s contributions to strengthening the India-Japan partnership as well as conceptualizing the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

“He took the Japan-India relationship to a higher level and also expanded it in many areas,” Prime Minister Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi joined several world leaders in paying tribute to Abe. Representatives from more than 100 countries, including more than 20 heads of state and government, attended his funeral.

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Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8 during a campaign rally in the southern Japanese city of Nara.

Early Tuesday morning, a few hundred citizens lined the streets outside the venue waiting to offer flowers at designated stands. The state funeral for Abe, who was given a private funeral days after his assassination, is the first since 1967 for former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida.

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The funeral will be a three-hour ceremony to be held at the Nippon Budokan. About 20,000 police have been mobilized to provide security in the capital.

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Amid tight security, around 4,300 participants gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday to pay their respects.

US Vice President Kamala Harris, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo are among some 700 foreign dignitaries from 218 countries, regions and international organizations attending the ceremony.

There was opposition to honoring Abe with a state funeral, fueled by an $11.5 million award to be borne by the state at a time of economic hardship for ordinary citizens.

(With agency contributions)

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