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.
- 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.