State funeral is held for the people of the royal family
State funeral ceremonies were mostly held for members of the royal family. However, state funerals were also held for other politicians and military officials, including Isoroku Yamamoto. Yamamoto commanded the Pearl Harbor attack and died in 1943. The state funeral law was abolished after the war.
The last state funeral was held in Japan in 1967
Japan’s only other state funeral since then was held in 1967 for politician Shigeru Yoshida, who signed the San Francisco Treaty to end the American occupation of Japan and restore relations with the Allies. Due to criticism of Yoshida’s funeral, subsequent governments reduced such an event. Historian Junichi Miyama said, “State funerals are contrary to the spirit of democracy.
Controversy over Shinzo Abe’s state funeral
Abe’s state funeral is being held because Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Abe deserves a state funeral because he was the longest-serving leader in Japan’s modern political history and his diplomatic, security and economic Due to the policies, Japan’s respect at the international level increased. Political observers say the state funeral for Abe is part of Kishida’s efforts to appease lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) belonging to Abe’s conservative political wing to strengthen his grip on power. Stay tuned.
Why is this controversial?
Opponents say that Abe’s state funeral is undemocratic as well as a unilateral decision of the Kishida cabinet due to lack of legal basis. Opponents remember it as Abe’s cover-up of wartime Japan’s atrocities, his pressure for greater military spending, his outlook on gender roles, dictatorial leadership, and pro-bourgeoisie. As well as protests against the state funeral, with more information coming out on Abe and LDP lawmakers’ ties with the ultra-Orthodox Unification Church.
Petition in court against state funeral
The church, which has ties to South Korea, had built close ties with LDP lawmakers because of their shared conservative interests. A group of lawyers filed a petition with a request to stop the state funeral, but it was reportedly rejected on Monday. The government says about $11.8 million will be spent on security, transportation and other arrangements for Abe’s state funeral.
Tight security arrangements at Abe’s funeral
A few hours before the funeral, guests will gather at Tokyo’s Budokan Martial Arts Arena for a security check. No eatables of any kind will be allowed inside and the use of cameras will be allowed only for the media. About 1,000 Japanese troops will be stationed around the venue. After Abe’s wife Aki Abe, representatives from the government, parliamentary and judicial systems, including Kishida, will condolence and address the gathering.