Funeral for Ex-PM Abe Held at Tokyo Temple

Politics

Tokyo/Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Pref., July 12 (Jiji Press)--A funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was gunned down last week, took place among his relatives and other people close to him at the Zojoji temple in Tokyo on Tuesday.

Abe was shot on Friday while delivering a stump speech for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidate in Sunday's House of Councillors election in the city of Nara, western Japan. He was confirmed dead later Friday.

"You were the most outstanding post-World War II politician who raised Japan's presence in international society," Taro Aso, vice president of the ruling LDP, said in a eulogy at the service. Aso said he hopes to see and talk with Abe in the afterlife after he passes away.

"You were supposed to read my eulogy," Aso lamented. "It is very hard for me to read your eulogy."

"You always protected me," Akie Abe, wife of the late prime minister, said. "I'm sure there was a lot left undone, but you planted many seeds which will surely sprout."

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