Abe Akie, wife of the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sits on a hearse carrying her husband’s body to Zojoji temple, Tokyo, Japan on July 11 – Photo: REUTERS
Details of the national mourning will be decided based on his family’s wishes. The government will also consult the ruling party coalition before seeking approval from the Japanese cabinet for Abe’s national funeral, NHK reported on July 20.
Abe will be the second late Japanese prime minister to receive a state funeral since the end of World War II. The first was the late Prime Minister Yoshida Shigeru, who died in 1967.
NHK also said that some opposition lawmakers in Japan had opposed holding a national mourning for Mr. Abe, and said they were concerned about doing so.
The Japanese government said it would further explain to the public why it decided to hold a national mourning for the late Prime Minister Abe.
Earlier, on July 14, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announced that the government plans to hold a national mourning for Abe this fall. Mr. Kishida also cited Mr. Abe’s achievements in domestic politics and diplomacy as the reason for holding the national mourning.
He praised Mr. Abe’s leadership ability while serving as prime minister for a total of 8 years and 8 months. Mr. Abe is Japan’s longest serving prime minister.
Prime Minister Kishida said Abe had played an important role in rebuilding the northeastern region of Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
According to Mr. Kishida, the late Japanese prime minister helped revive the Japanese economy and achieved many important achievements in the field of diplomacy, with the Japan-US alliance as the mainstay.