The state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be held in Tokyo . Abe was shot dead at an election rally for his party—the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)—at age 67 on . Unusually for a deceased PM, the government will bear the full cost of the funeral. Critics have the LDP’s use of tax money and accused it of exploiting the event for political gain.
Abe was Japan’s longest-serving PM until in August 2020 due to ill health. Still, he remained an important figure in the LDP’s background until his passing and leaves a lasting . Abe’s tenure reshaped Japan’s foreign policy by aligning the country closer with its Western allies, championing the international rules-based order and challenging China’s assertiveness. Abe never realized his ultimate goal of Japan’s pacifist constitution, but his successors may eventually.
Incumbent PM Fumio Kishida will likely take advantage of the funeral to bolster his own standing internationally. Over people are expected to attend, including over 200 foreign delegations featuring U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Indian PM Narendra Modi, Australian PM Anthony Albanese, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and the of around 50 more countries.
David is a Senior Analyst focusing on East Asia. He primarily writes on economic, political, and social issues and how they relate to the geopolitical environment.