Sep 14, 2022
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The Japanese do not want a magnificent funeral for Abe on behalf of the state and people

And Kishida does not want to see Putin at the farewell ceremony for “Shinzo’s friend”

The rating of Japanese people’s support for Fumio Kishida’s cabinet has noticeably dropped. According to a survey conducted by Asahi, one of the country’s leading newspapers, only 41% of Japanese now approve of the government’s work, which is 6 points lower than during previous measurements. At the same time, those who do not approve of the actions of the government, for the first time, there were more of its supporters – 47%. Growth of disapproval – 8%.

The reasons for dissatisfaction with the government are varied. Two-thirds of the respondents (67%) answered that they consider the measures taken by the authorities in connection with the sharp rise in prices, primarily for food and fuel, to be unsatisfactory. Only one out of five (21% of respondents) spoke in support of government measures to curb price increases.

However, there are other reasons why the government loses credibility. Here are the connections of many high-ranking government officials and parliamentarians from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party with the odious sect “Unification Church”, known for financial fraud and intimidation of its adherents with “bad karma” in order to lure out large monetary donations. By the way, revenge for supporting this totalitarian sect in Japan was the reason for the murder of Shinzo Abe.

The Japanese did not like the sole decision of Prime Minister Kishida to hold a magnificent state funeral at the expense of the budget for a politician who died at the hands of an assassin.

On July 12, a private Buddhist funeral ceremony was held at Tokyo’s Zojoji Temple for family members, close friends and associates. Abe’s body was cremated, but the ashes were not buried. And now there’s a state funeral.

Public opinion surveys show that at least 56% of respondents opposed holding a state funeral, an increase of 6 points since Asahi conducted a similar poll at the end of August. 38% were in favor of holding the ceremony, this indicator decreased by 3 points. 64% of those polled said the government’s explanation of the appropriateness of holding a state funeral for Abe was unconvincing. Only 23% of respondents adhere to the opposite point of view.

The verdicts of the Japanese courts, which were addressed by opponents of the state funeral, were not in favor of the protesters. However, those who believe that Abe’s performance as prime minister was not successful continue to fight. Protests and rallies are taking place in the country for the abolition of state funerals.

It is noted that the main reason for dissatisfaction is related to the high costs of the ceremony, which will be covered from the state budget. According to the estimate provided by the government, the total cost will be 1.65 billion yen ($11.7 million). About 800 million yen ($5.7 million) will be used to secure the event, while 600 million yen ($4.2 million) will be spent on hospitality and accommodation for foreign guests. The ceremony itself will cost the Japanese budget about 250 million yen (about $1.78 million).

Opponents of the expensive ceremony with the participation of high-ranking persons from abroad rightly point out that these budgetary funds should be used to overcome the protracted recession of the Japanese economy.

Prime Minister Kishida, who did not expect such a massive protest, had to humiliately justify himself to the opposition deputies for vague explanations of the reasons why he considered it right to single out, albeit posthumously, former Prime Minister Abe. “I humbly accept the criticism that my explanation was insufficient” – with these words, the Japanese prime minister addressed the opposition members of both houses of parliament on September 8. He was forced to do this in connection with official requests from the opposition to explain what motives forced the prime minister himself, without consultations and discussions in parliament, to order the state funeral of the former prime minister in Tokyo.

In the post-war history of Japan, a state funeral was held only once in 1967, when the country said goodbye to former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, who made a significant contribution to the development of the Japanese economy and the growth of the people’s welfare.

You can’t say the same about Abe. His policy, called “Abenomics”, did not lead to overcoming the stagnation and provoked protests from those who advocate maintaining the country’s pacifist course against the backdrop of the indefatigable desire of the late politician to remove the ban on owning an army and waging war from the Japanese Constitution at all costs. Abe’s aspirations to increasingly draw his country into the US military strategy, into a military confrontation with China and Russia, were not popular either.

“But even then (at the funeral of Shigeru Yoshida) it was debatable, because the state funeral was very strongly associated with the pre-war period, when they were used to incite nationalism for military purposes,” says Koichi Nakano, a political scientist at Sofia University in Tokyo, in an interview with Izvestia. “Now, Kishida has misinterpreted the public mood, thinking that Abe is popular enough that most people would consider this exclusive treatment acceptable. Also, the fact that Kishida made this decision without even parliamentary debate, let alone approval, is seen as illegitimate.”

However, Kishida’s cabinet will still hold a state funeral for Abe. It has already been announced that the funeral ceremony will take place on September 27 in Tokyo at the Budokan sports and concert arena near the Imperial Palace. During the farewell ceremony for the deceased, the Japan Self-Defense Forces will put up a guard of honor and fire 19 blank shots from 105-millimeter howitzers. Japanese military personnel will also be lined up on the adjacent street, a military band will take part in the ritual. More than a thousand soldiers and officers are allocated for this. The decision was approved at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

It is expected that up to 6,000 people, hundreds of foreign representatives, will take part in the state funeral ceremony. U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, European Council President Charles Michel and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have already confirmed their arrival. It was also reported that French President Emmanuel Macron, South Korean Prime Minister Han Doksu, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and IOC head Thomas Bach announced their consent to come to the state funeral of Shinzo Abe.

At the same time, the Japanese government, confirming its hostility to our country and personally to President V. Putin, in an inappropriate form in diplomacy, informed the Japanese media that “Tokyo will not allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.” This is explained by the fact that “the Japanese authorities do not intend to weaken the personal sanctions that they imposed against the Russian leader after the start of the special operation in Ukraine.”

Thus, once again, the “revenge of the samurai” manifested itself for the fact that Moscow did not succumb to the promises of financial and economic benefits exuded by Abe in negotiations with “friend Vladimir” in exchange for the Russian Kuriles.

A photo: Kyodo/Star

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