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Shinzo Abe funeral Live Updates: PM Modi pays ‘tribute to great visionary’

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Funeral of Shinzo Abe Live Updates: Japan is holding a rare state funeral for former prime minister Shinzo Abe, assassinated on July 8.

On September 27, Japan will hold a rare state funeral that has grown almost as polarising as the assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe, a divisive figure who dominated contemporary politics as its longest-serving leader.

The first such ceremony since 1967, honouring Abe with a state funeral, has encountered criticism. That $11.5 million that the state must bear at a difficult economic period for regular individuals has fueled the uproar.

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27 Sep 2022, 01:38:55 PM IST

Funeral ceremony concludes

The funeral ceremony now stands concluded.

27 Sep 2022, 01:29:46 PM IST

Abe's family remains seated as funeral reaches final phase

The remaining rows of attendees are making their way to the altar to bow and pay their final respects as the ceremony is coming to a close. Abe's personal family, including his wife Akie, is still seated in the first row.

27 Sep 2022, 01:13:00 PM IST

Watch: PM Modi pays final tribute

27 Sep 2022, 01:07:24 PM IST

PM Modi at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks off the stage after offering flowers during the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP)
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi walks off the stage after offering flowers during the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON / POOL / AFP) (AFP)
27 Sep 2022, 12:54:36 PM IST

‘Tribute to great visionary’, PM Modi pays tribute to Abe

During the State Funeral at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe received tributes from PM Modi. "A tribute to a great visionary and to his immense contribution in the elevation of the India-Japan partnership," the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted.

27 Sep 2022, 12:34:38 PM IST

People in tears outside funeral arena

Thousands of people, many of whom sobbed, laid flowers at a memorial honouring Abe that had been erected outside the arena. At one time, the line was nearly 1.7 kilometres long.

27 Sep 2022, 12:27:46 PM IST

Foreign dignitaries leave flowers at altar

Foreign dignitaries were allowed to place bouquets of white flowers at the altar as a final act of farewell. The invited guests, including US vice president Kamala Harris, have been receiving flowers from officials carrying trays filled with bunches of flowers. South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese were other significant attendees at the occasion.

27 Sep 2022, 12:10:18 PM IST

PM Modi offers flowers

Among many other world leaders, PM Modi offered flowers to the late former prime minister of Japan.

27 Sep 2022, 11:54:00 AM IST

Japan's royal family pays tribute

Japanese Imperial House representatives presented prayers and tributes. Several family members, including Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko came to the altar and offered flowers while wearing mourning black attire.

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino (C) and with imperial family members bow for a moment of silence as they attend the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Philip FONG / POOL / AFP)
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Japan's Crown Prince Akishino (C) and with imperial family members bow for a moment of silence as they attend the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Philip FONG / POOL / AFP) (AFP)
27 Sep 2022, 11:50:54 AM IST

Suga hails Abe's accomplishments

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hailed Abe's accomplishments as a politician in his speech, praising him for his work with North Korea and for leading the effort to get Japanese citizens who had been kidnapped. He also praised Abe's initiative in negotiating international agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

27 Sep 2022, 11:30:35 AM IST

Senior leaders pay tribute 

Prominent party officials and senior lawmakers, including the leaders of the House of Representatives and House of Councilors, made brief speeches. Before going to the altar to pay respects, they made a bow to Abe's family who were seated to the right of the arena. Speaking at the event was Yoshihide Suga, the former prime minister who replaced Abe in 2020.

27 Sep 2022, 11:18:35 AM IST

Japanese PM delivers eulogy for Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe received a eulogy from Fumio Kishida. He approached the altar's front and took a position in its centre, facing the enormous Shinzo Abe image that was suspended above it. As he spoke, he frequently turned to face the image of Abe.

27 Sep 2022, 11:09:24 AM IST

Kamala Harris attends funeral

US Vice President Kamala Harris is one of the world leaders to attend Shinzo Abe's funeral.

US Vice President Kamala Harris (bottom L) attends the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP)
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US Vice President Kamala Harris (bottom L) attends the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by KIM KYUNG-HOON / POOL / AFP) (AFP)
27 Sep 2022, 11:04:44 AM IST

Shinzo Abe: A true nationalist

A true nationalist, Shinzo Abe pushed Japan into a strong defensive position that many today regard as foresightful in light of the rising anxiety about China, while others criticised it as being overly hawkish.

27 Sep 2022, 10:51:49 AM IST

Video of Shinzo Abe playing piano shown on giant screen

A video montage of Shinzo Abe’s activities was shown on the giant screen. While showing Abe giving speeches and meeting people, it also showed Abe playing the piano with ease. In fact, the tune of the piano played by the late Japanese PM was used in the background throughout the video.

27 Sep 2022, 10:46:33 AM IST

Abe's ashes honoured

Military officials set the urn in the middle of the altar that was erected at the front of the chamber.
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Military officials set the urn in the middle of the altar that was erected at the front of the chamber.
27 Sep 2022, 10:43:40 AM IST

Ashes placed at the altar

The ashes, housed in a ceremonial urn, have been given to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. He then presented it formally to the military officials, who set the box in the middle of the altar that was erected at the front of the chamber.

27 Sep 2022, 10:40:59 AM IST

State receives Abe's urn

The state of Japan has received the urn from Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida receives the ashes, housed in a ceremonial urn.
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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida receives the ashes, housed in a ceremonial urn.
27 Sep 2022, 10:38:24 AM IST

Demonstration against state funeral

Protesters take part in a demonstration against the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe near the Nippon Budokan, where the funeral will take place, in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP)
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Protesters take part in a demonstration against the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe near the Nippon Budokan, where the funeral will take place, in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by Yuichi YAMAZAKI / AFP) (AFP)
27 Sep 2022, 10:32:59 AM IST

Shinzo Abe's wife holds urn as she leaves for the venue

Akie Abe, wife of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds urn as she leaves for the venue for his husband's state funeral in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP)
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Akie Abe, wife of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe holds urn as she leaves for the venue for his husband's state funeral in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP) (AP)
27 Sep 2022, 10:23:44 AM IST

Guests entering Tokyo's Nippon Budokan arena

27 Sep 2022, 10:21:46 AM IST

Ceremony about to start

Guests wait for the start of the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Philip Fong/Pool Photo via AP)
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Guests wait for the start of the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. (Philip Fong/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)
27 Sep 2022, 10:17:58 AM IST

Tourism boom under Abe administration

From 2012 to 2019, there were 8.4 million more visitors to Japan than there were in 2012. Only 12% of individuals were from Europe and North America, with the rest from other Asian nations. The liberalisation of visa rules under the Shiinzo Abe government is credited with sparking a tourism boom that increased GDP by 1%.

27 Sep 2022, 10:12:32 AM IST

Live streaming of funeral starts

27 Sep 2022, 10:03:43 AM IST

Modi at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese are attending the state funeral at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attend a state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan, September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attend a state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan, September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool (REUTERS)
27 Sep 2022, 09:57:50 AM IST

Rally against Abe funeral

Protesters attend a rally against Japan's state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo, Japan September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Protesters attend a rally against Japan's state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Tokyo, Japan September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Issei Kato (REUTERS)
27 Sep 2022, 09:43:40 AM IST

Australian PM meets Fumio Kishida

Prior to Shinzo Abe's state funeral, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese met with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. Kishida was informed by Albanese that it was "important" for Australia to express its condolences to Japan in the wake of the passing of Abe, well-known for his role in creating the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad).

27 Sep 2022, 09:38:25 AM IST

How Shinzo Abe died

On July 8, Shinzo Abe was shot and killed while making a stump speech for his party at a political gathering in the western Japanese city of Nara. The world was stunned by the death of Japan's longest-serving prime minister because political violence and violent crime in general are uncommon in Japan. Authorities now acknowledge that the assassination was facilitated by security vulnerabilities.

27 Sep 2022, 09:34:39 AM IST

Funeral ceremony to start at 10:30 AM

The ceremony will begin at 2 PM local time (10:30 AM in India). However, at designated stands outside, members of the public were invited to leave floral arrangements and other condolences from 6:30 AM (India time). Up to 1,000 soldiers will take part in ceremonial responsibilities. To honour Abe, a military honour guard will salute him with 19 empty cannon shots.

27 Sep 2022, 09:29:34 AM IST

60% Japanese against Abe funeral

The majority of people in Japan - about 60% - say they oppose the state funeral. Many people are upset that the government is funding the event with $11 million in taxpayer money without even getting parliamentary approval.

27 Sep 2022, 09:23:07 AM IST

Maximum-level security at funeral

More than 18,000 police officers will be on duty, and high-level security procedures similar to those employed for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games will be in place.

27 Sep 2022, 09:19:27 AM IST

Long silent moving queues in Tokyo

27 Sep 2022, 09:16:12 AM IST

Modi meets Japanese PM Fumio Kishida

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida
27 Sep 2022, 09:14:20 AM IST

Kamala Harris to attend event

To honour Shinzo Abe's life, world leaders are set to gather in Tokyo. US Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to join the list of world leaders attending the event.

27 Sep 2022, 09:11:03 AM IST

Japanese version of The Queue

Huge flower-carrying crowds, many of them dressed in black suits, were encircling the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, where the funeral is taking place. It is the Japanese version of The Queue, which took place last week in the UK in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

27 Sep 2022, 09:06:47 AM IST

700 guests to attend Shinzo Abe’s state funeral

Around 700 guests will attend Shinzo Abe’s state funeral, including US Vice-President Kamala Harris, Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese. South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly are attending the funeral.

27 Sep 2022, 09:00:39 AM IST

India is missing Shinzo Abe: PM Modi

“Today we are meeting in this hour of sorrow. The last time I came I had a long conversation with former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. India is missing Shinzo Abe and remembering him and Japan," said PM Narendra Modi while meeting Japanese PM Fumio Kishida.

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