Japan says goodbye to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, before the division of society

The state funeral of the former prime minister Shinzo Abe takes place this Tuesday in Tokyo, characterized by strict security measures and with a growing public opposition.

Leaders from countries around the world – including the vice president of the United States, kamala harrisor the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi– meet this morning in Tokyo to pay tribute to the former head of government of Japan, among a security plan for which more than 20,000 agents have been deployed.

More than four thousand guests will attend the funeral, which is held at the Nippon Budokan, a stadium in the center of the capital that is used for sporting or musical events, reports the Kyodo agency.

The ceremony began at 2:00 p.m. local time (12:00 a.m. in central Mexico), although the public was allowed to lay flowers from 10:00 local time, in a park near the place of the ceremony.

Meanwhile, opponents of the funeral held rallies in front of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s office, the Parliament building, and other places around the country, where They demanded the event be cancelled.

The number of people demonstrating against the ceremony is increasing, as critics argue that this state funeral has no legal basis and they cite the controversial legacy of the Japanese politician, assassinated on July 8 while giving a speech at a campaign rally in the city of Nara, in western Japan.

Added to this, the Government estimates that the funeral will cost the taxpayer more than 1,600 million yen ($11 million).

Abe, who has died aged 67, was prime minister from 2006 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2020. In July this year he was shot by a man who made a homemade gun. The assailant later claimed that he had attacked the former prime minister for his ties to the Unification Church.

(With information from Europe Press)