The state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot dead in July, will cost about 1.65 billion yen (11.7 million euros). That reports news agency Reuters based on Japanese media. The ceremony is scheduled for September 27.
The Japanese government will officially announce the estimated amount for the funeral on Tuesday.
In late July and late August, there were fierce protests across the country against a state funeral for Abe. Not only because of the potentially high costs for the taxpayer, but also because the former prime minister was not universally liked by the population and therefore, according to some, would not have deserved a state funeral. Several national opinion polls also show that the majority of Japanese do not want Abe to have a state funeral.
Abe, 67, was shot and killed on July 8 while speaking at a public rally. A 41-year-old man was arrested on the spot for the offences. He confessed to the attack. It is not yet clear when he will be tried, the man will remain in a psychiatric hospital until the end of November for observation.
Amount too low
The former prime minister was already buried on July 12 in a private ceremony. A week later, the Japanese government decided that a state funeral would also be held. Initially, the costs for this were estimated at 250 million yen, but this was strongly criticized by politicians and media, because this amount was much too low. Especially for general security and hosting VIPs, a lot of money would be involved during the state funeral.
Abe was Prime Minister of Japan from 2006 to 2007 and from 2010 to 2020. This makes him the longest-reigning prime minister in the country. He resigned due to health problems. Abe was best known outside of Japan for his trademark ‘Abenomics’, an economic policy based on monetary easing and fiscal spending.