In Japan, Shinzo Abe’s state funeral sparks controversy

Un month to the day before the national funeral planned for the former Japanese Prime Minister assassinated on July 8, Shinzo Abe, in the presence of some 6,400 guests, hundreds of Japanese are demonstrating, this Saturday August 27, in several cities of the countries, including Tokyo. “No state funeral for Abe”, “No to the use of taxpayers’ money for this purpose”. The opponents of this tribute are rather old, but determined, supported by journalists, constitutionalists and jurists.

Because, as explained in Point Koichi Nakano, a political scientist from Sophia University in Tokyo, ‚Äúthere was a state funeral before the war, in the imperial system, but it was abolished afterwards. Even though Japan still has an emperor, its current democratic regime does not…

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