53% of Japanese oppose holding a national mourning for Mr. Abe

Survey results show that more than half of Japanese people oppose plans to hold a national mourning for former prime minister Abe, who was assassinated last month.

According to a Kyodo news survey on July 30-31, 53% of respondents opposed holding a state funeral for former prime minister Shinzo Abe, while 45% supported it.

The Cabinet previously decided to hold a state funeral for Abe, the longest serving prime minister, on September 27 at the Nippon Budokan dojo in Tokyo.

A portrait of former prime minister Shinzo Abe at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters in Tokyo on July 12.  Photo: Reuters.

A portrait of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo on July 12. Image: Reuters.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government has decided that Mr. Abe’s funeral will be covered by the state budget. “Former Prime Minister Abe was greatly appreciated by the international community, including foreign leaders. Messages mourning his passing were sent from both home and abroad,” Mr. Kishida stated the reason. national mourning.

The Kyodo poll also showed support for Kishida’s cabinet dropping 12.2 points to 51%, the lowest level in Kyodo polls since he took office last October. The survey was conducted by asking 1,050 people over the phone.

Former Prime Minister Abe was assassinated on July 8 while giving a speech in the city of Nara, western Japan. Suspect Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, approached him from behind and fired two shots from a distance of 5 meters. Mr. Abe died at the hospital from his injuries and loss of blood.

Abe’s national mourning will be the second state funeral for a former Japanese prime minister since World War II. Before that, the only former prime minister whose national funeral was held by Japan was Mr. Yoshida Shigeru, who died in 1967. This funeral was fully paid for by the state.

Huyen Le (Theo Reuters)

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