Shinzo Abe Funeral Highlights, Japan State Funeral Highlights: Japan honoured slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday at the first state funeral for a former premier in 55 years with flowers, prayers and a 19-gun salute. The ceremony was attended by PM Narendra Modi, US Vice President Kamala Harris, and Australian PM Anthony Albanese, among others. The state funeral started at 10.30 am, following which PM Modi joined world leaders in paying their respects to Abe. PM Modi, who had previously referred to Abe as a “friend of India” bowed and placed a small bouquet of white flowers as a mark of respect on the altar.
Meanwhile, PM Modi, who arrived in Tokyo earlier on Sept. 27, met with sitting PM Fumio Kishida and said that Abe took Japan-India relations to a greater level. He told Kishida that he is confident that India-Japan relations will deepen further and achieve greater heights under Kishida’s leadership.
Abe was shot from close range by a man with a homemade gun while on the campaign trail in the western city of Nara. He was pronounced dead at the hospital on July 8. (Also read: Who is Tetsuya Yamagami, the man who shot Abe)