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