Japan: $12 million will be spent in the funeral program of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, controversy!

Japan: $12 million will be spent in the funeral program of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, controversy!

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The Japanese government is spending more than Rs 95 crore on the funeral program of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The ceremony will be held at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo
Shinzo Abe was murdered for joining the Unification Church

Tokyo, Japan’s Fumio Kishida government said on Tuesday it would spend about US$12 million (1.65 billion yen), including security and reception costs, on former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral. According to a report by Reuters, Fumio Kishida’s government previously presented only a modest budget of 250 million yen, which was heavily criticized for not including VIP security and hosting expenses. However, now the government has passed a huge amount for the funeral program of its former prime minister.

6000 guests will attend
About 6,000 guests, including foreign dignitaries, are expected to attend the ceremony at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan Hall on September 27. Let us tell you that Abe was shot dead during an election rally in July. The killers were accused of having links to Shinzo Abe’s controversial Unification Church. According to the suspected murderer, his mother had gone bankrupt because of the church and Shinzo was promoting the church. The organization is known for mass weddings and aggressive fundraising tactics. The Unification Church has also been accused of spreading superstition in the name of religion.

56% people are against tax money
People are protesting against spending taxpayers’ money on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral. In a Yomiuri newspaper poll, 56% oppose taxpayer-funded funerals. However, 38 percent believed that the government should pay for Abe’s funeral with taxpayer money. Also, the government’s disapproval rating has gone up to over 40 percent following news of its ties with the Unification Church.

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First published: September 06, 2022, 09:38 IST

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