State funeral turns controversial
Following his murder while running for office, the approaching public funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was promoted as a chance to defend democracy. It has ended up dividing the populace and jeopardising the objectives of his successor. The September 27 memorial event, which is expected to cost roughly 1.7 billion yen ($12 million), is being opposed by petitions, protests, and legal challenges, according to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a former Abe cabinet minister. Abe’s efforts to bolster the military and the scandals that followed his administration infuriated a lot of people in Japan. The event has also revealed connections between the ruling party and a contentious South Korean church, which the man accused of killing Abe claims is to blame for his family’s financial ruin.