PM Modi Pays Final Tribute To Former Japanese PM Abe In Tokyo

PM Modi pays final tribute to former Japanese PM Abe in Tokyo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid his respects to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the state funeral at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo.

“A tribute to a great visionary and to his immense contribution in the elevation of the India-Japan partnership,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.

Highlights

  • Abe’s state funeral commenced earlier today in the Japanese capital with the attendance of several world leaders.
  • With tight security in place, a car carrying Abe’s cremated remains arrived at the venue from his family home, for the first-of-its-kind ceremony for a former premier in decades, Japan’s Kyodo News agency reported.
  • Japan had imposed tight security measures in Tokyo as representatives from hundreds of countries, including dozens of heads of state and heads of government participated in the state funeral.
  • Abe’s funeral is the second state funeral for a former prime minister since World War 2. The first one was held in 1967 for Shigeru Yoshida. Other deceased prime ministers received a joint Cabinet Office and Liberal Democratic Party service.
  • Abe was shot despite the presence of police while he was giving a public address on July 8 in the city of Nara during a campaign speech.
  • Prime Minister Modi conveyed his deepest condolences on the demise of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
  • Prime Minister Modi noted the contributions of the late Japanese PM in strengthening the India-Japan partnership and conceptualizing the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

Earlier, PM Modi met his Japanese counterpart PM Fumio Kishida prior to the state funeral for Abe whom he described as the champion of India-Japan ties and his dear friend.

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