International Desk: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's funeral today. Controversy and love will accompany the state funeral of the longest-serving leader in modern-day Japanese politics.
However, the state funeral of Shinzo Abe has also caused division in Japan. Reuters reported this information in a report on Tuesday (September 27).
According to the report, the state funeral of Shinzo Abe will be attended by the heads of state or top government officials of many countries around the world. Besides, about 4 thousand 300 guests will be present in this almost national event.
According to the press, apart from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the former Japanese Prime Minister's funeral will be attended by heads of state or top government officials of many countries. Besides, Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and Singapore will also attend this event. Apart from this, US Vice President Kamala Harris and representatives of China and Russia will also be there.
According to Reuters, at least 48 current or former government figures, including US Vice President Kamala Harris, are expected to attend Tuesday's ceremony, along with about 4,300 guests. Current Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cited the opportunity to meet international leaders as another reason for holding the funeral.
Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) alliance of industrialized countries of the world are also ready to attend this event on Tuesday. However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has canceled his visit to Japan to deal with natural disasters in his country.
The funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will begin at 2 pm local time (11 am Bangladesh time) on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Abe's cremation will be taken to the designated venue where an honor guard will fire 19 rounds from a cannon.
Reuters reports that hundreds of thousands of police have been deployed to ensure security for the state funeral. Neighborhood roads have been closed and even some schools closed as Japan seeks to avoid any security lapses.
Meanwhile, the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being criticized in Japan. A survey was published in the local newspaper report of this East Asian country. It is mentioned there that 62 percent of Japanese are not in favor of doing this event at a huge cost.
Controversy also arose over the cost of Shinzo Abe's state funeral. It is said that the cost of the funeral of this former Japanese Prime Minister is more than the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II of Britain.
However, the amount of money spent on Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral has not been officially disclosed. However, according to a report by the British media Daily Mirror, 8 million pounds were spent on the Queen's funeral.
That means Shinzo Abe's state funeral cost more than Queen Elizabeth II's funeral.
According to the Daily Mirror report, the Queen's funeral cost 8 million pounds or 1.3 billion yen. On the other hand, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's funeral has been set at 166 million yen.
It should be noted that on July 8, Shinzo Abe was shot by an assassin while giving a speech at a public meeting in the western city of Nara, Japan. The country's experts said that the former prime minister had a huge deficiency in security management.