In a Tokyo temple, relatives and friends came together for Abe’s funeral ceremony in private, a public ceremony is only planned for a later date.
However, a larger crowd gathered in front of Zojoji Temple to Abe to pay one’s last respects. Many people brought flowers, many wore black. “I can’t get over my grief, so I came here to lay flowers and say a prayer,” said 41-year-old Tsukasa Yokawa. He designated Abe as a “great prime minister” who has done much to strengthen Japan’s global role.
Abe was gunned down while campaigning in the western Japanese city of Nara on Friday. A few hours later he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The assassination was carried out by an unemployed man. Local police have already acknowledged that Abe’s protections were inadequate.
The crime caused dismay in Japan, a country where both gun crime and political violence are extremely rare. Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. Even after his resignation in 2020, he was a formative force in the ruling LDP. With the “Abenomics” named after him, Abe turned the country inside out. By actively promoting the economy from loose monetary policy, high government spending and reforms, Japan managed to boost the economy from 2012.