The figure includes an additional ten million euros in security and reception of foreign leaders
Sep. 6 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Government of Japan announced this Tuesday that it will allocate more than 1,600 million yen (about 11.3 million euros) to the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, shot dead in July during a campaign rally, a figure which includes an additional 1,400 million yen (about 9.9 million euros) for the deployment of security and the reception of foreign leaders.
The Japanese Executive indicated in August that it would spend 249 million yen (around 1.8 million euros) on the funeral, although the Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, announced that the total cost would be announced after the events and once it was clear how many foreign guests would participate in it. However, the Government has revealed the figure in advance in the face of criticism on this point.
Thus, the government spokesman, Hirokazu Matsuno, has pointed out that 800 million yen (about 5.7 million euros) will be allocated to security matters and another 600 million (approximately 4.2 million euros) to activities to receive foreign leaders, something that has been criticized by Jun Azumi, of the opposition Democratic Constitutional Party, who has highlighted that the figure has multiplied by six since the first announcement.
For their part, some opposition parties, including the Communist Party of Japan, have announced their intention to boycott the funeral, stating that it is unconstitutional, according to the Japanese news agency Kiodo. The last state funeral was held in Japan in 1967 in honor of former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, who spearheaded the country’s recovery from World War II.
Abe was shot on July 8 during a campaign rally. The confessed murderer, arrested at the scene of the crime, had pointed out the politician for promoting a religious group that ended up ruining her mother due to the excess of donations that she gave them.