Japan and world leaders pay tribute to late Prime Minister Abe in national mourning

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Photo of the late Prime Minister Abe Shinzo at the Nippon Budokan hall in Tokyo during the national mourning ceremony on September 27 – Photo: REUTERS

According to Reuters news agency, the ceremony began at 2pm on September 27th local time, ie 12pm on the same day in Vietnam time.

Akie Abe, wife of the late Prime Minister Abe, brings his ashes into the Nippon Budokan (Japanese martial arts hall) in central Tokyo amid the music of a military band.

Thousands of mourners arrived at the funeral site early in the morning, forcing the organizers to open the hall half an hour early.

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Akie Abe, wife of the late Prime Minister Abe, brings his ashes into the Nippon Budokan hall – Photo: REUTERS

Within hours, about 10,000 people laid flowers and bowed their heads in silent prayer before Abe’s remains. Many others had to queue for 3 hours.

“A lot of people came to pray for him during the funeral,” said Kojima Yoshiko, a 63-year-old housewife in Tokyo.

Inside the Nippon Budokan hall, a large portrait of Mr. Abe hangs in the middle. Nearby is a wall of photographs commemorating him walking with G7 leaders, holding hands with children and visiting disaster areas.

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Japan’s royal family attends the state funeral of late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 27 – Photo: REUTERS

According to Reuters, about 4,300 people are expected to attend Abe’s national funeral, including about 50 leaders and former world leaders.

Among these, the national leaders attending were Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

About 20,000 police were deployed. Roads and some schools near the national mourning area are closed for security reasons.

Mr. Abe’s funeral on September 27 was the first national mourning for a late prime minister since 1967. Before that, Mr. Abe’s family held a private funeral a few days after he was assassinated.

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About 4,300 people attended the funeral – Photo: REUTERS

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President Nguyen Xuan Phuc represented the Party and State of Vietnam at the national funeral of the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – Photo: REUTERS

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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio bows at the national funeral of the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – Photo: REUTERS

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Akie Abe, wife of the late Prime Minister Abe, and the attendees bowed in silence – Photo: REUTERS

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Officers in charge of firing cannons bow during the national mourning of late Prime Minister Abe Shinzo – Photo: REUTERS

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US Vice President Kamala Harris laid flowers at the funeral – Photo: REUTERS

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The ashes of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the national funeral – Photo: REUTERS

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Former Prime Ministers of Japan attend the state funeral of the late Prime Minister Abe Shinzo – Photo: REUTERS

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Mr. Abe’s national mourning through numbers – Data: BAO ANH, Graphics: TON DAT

Mr. Abe Shinzo served two terms as Prime Minister of Japan (2006 – 2007 and 2012 – 2020), making him the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history.

Former Prime Minister Abe was assassinated while rallying support for a Liberal Democratic Party parliamentary candidate in Nara Prefecture on July 8. He died the same afternoon due to a lot of blood loss despite the efforts of doctors to treat him.

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