He is preparing for the state funeral for Shinzo Abe, the “longest-serving prime minister”, who was assassinated on July 8 in Japan.
The cost of the funeral, which will be attended by more than 4 thousand people, is expected to reach 11 million 400 thousand dollars. While the world watched the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 last week, the international press focused on why Abe’s funeral was so expensive.
The actual amount spent on the Queen’s state funeral has not been disclosed, but the funeral cost £8m, the Daily Mirror reported. It is thought that the cost of the funeral of Abe, who was killed in the assassination, will be twice that. According to the news in the BBC, the cost difference between the two state funerals, JapanIt’s about hosting big events like the Tokyo Olympics.
More than 70 percent of people surveyed by the Kyodo news agency said the government was spending too much on funerals.
About half of the money is expected to be spent on tight security measures, while the other third will be used to welcome foreign visitors.
Ahead of the state funeral tomorrow, a large number of heads of state and guests arrive in Japan to meet current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The three-day event was called “funeral diplomacy.”
MINISTER ÇAVUŞOĞLU WILL ATTEND
There are 700 guests from 217 countries, including US Vice President Kamala Harris and Indian Prime Minister Narednra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. But many in Japan stressed that the Queen’s state funeral in London was attended by incumbent leaders, while Abe’s funeral was mostly attended by former leaders. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, will attend the ceremony.
Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, had his life cut short in a shockingly violent and rare event at the age of 67, making him the second prime minister to receive a state funeral.
As Japan struggles with inflation for the first time in decades, critics say the money is better spent helping the low-income families who suffer the most.
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