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State funeral of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe begins, PM Narendra Modi among world leaders present

PM Shinzo Abe's state funeral begins: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. During this, the PM appeared to be emotional.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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PM Modi in Japan: On PM Shinzo Abe’s state funeral, Prime Minister Narendra Modi among world leaders present to pay homage to Japan ex-PM. Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state funeral began in Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan Hall on Tuesday. PM Modi, Australian PM Anthony Albanense are among other leaders present at the funeral service. Representatives from over 217 countries are expected to participate in the state funeral which will take place in Tokyo. Shinzo Abe’s funeral will be the second state funeral for a former Japanese prime minister since World War 2.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida here and the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening of India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

The costs for the state funeral for Shinzo Abe have been estimated to be at 1.7 billion yen, approximately $12 million which has angered many in Japan. Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida has attempted to assuage public concerns many times since the start of the protests as the controversy undermines his proposed record defense spending increase. Kishida’s approval ratings have reached at the lowest level since he assumed office in October.

Abe’s wife, Akie Abe carried his ashes into Budokan Hall where thousands of mourners gathered for the event. Dressed in black kimono, Akie carried her husband’s ashes as a 19-gun salute sounded, according to sources.

A video played in the memory of 67-year old Abe threw light on various aspect of his personal and public lives. The video which started with Abe playing a video showed glimpses of him interacting with the public and his attendance at various global events and his moments with global leaders. The video also featured Abe’s visit to India and hsi meeting with PM Modi

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