Why people are opposed to Abe’s state funeral

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As the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approaches, opposition among the public and political parties continues to grow. These are questions about the legal basis for the ceremony, its cost and whether or not it will force the public to mourn a former prime minister whose controversial legacy divides opinion.

The state funeral will be held at the Nippon Budokan in central Tokyo on September 27 with around 6,400 attendees, including dignitaries from more than 190 different countries. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said US Vice President Kamala Harris, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese would be among those attending.

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