Shinzo Abe’s funeral: mourners line up on the streets to say goodbye to Japan’s longest-serving prime minister

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Japan said goodbye on Tuesday Shinzo Abe, the country’s longest-serving prime minister was assassinated last week.

The funeral procession for Abe, 67, began at Tokyo’s Zojoji Temple, where hundreds of black-clad mourners gathered to pay their respects.

After the funeral ceremony, which was attended only by family members and close friends, Abe’s body was taken away by a hearse. through the center of Tokyo, the capital of country.

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUG 28: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference at the Prime Minister's official residence on August 28, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Frank Robichon - Pool/Getty Images)

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUG 28: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference at the Prime Minister’s official residence on August 28, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Frank Robichon – Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Frank Robichon – Pool/Getty Images)

The procession passed near the federal parliament building, where Abe was first elected in 1993. He later served twice as Leader of Parliament or as Prime Minister, including a lengthy period from 2012 to 2020.

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Abe’s death shocked the world as he was a titanic political figure and gun violence is rare in Japan.

After the death was announced on Friday President Joe Biden said he was “stunned, outraged and deeply saddened”.

“This is a tragedy for Japan and for all who knew him,” Biden said.

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“He was a champion of the union between our peoples and friendship between our peoples,” the president added.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, officials and staff offer prayers to the hearse containing the body of the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 2022.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, officials and staff offer prayers to the hearse containing the body of the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Japan, July 12, 2022.
(Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS)

Former President Donald Trump similarly said that the death was “really bad news for the world”.

“His killer has been captured and will hopefully be dealt with quickly and harshly,” he wrote.

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“Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach them and be kinder,” Trump added.

“He was a unifier like no other, but above all, he was a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country, Japan. We will miss Shinzo Abe very much. There will never be another like him!”

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Abe was killed during a campaign rally on Friday when 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami shot him in broad daylight According to officials, from improvised firearms.