The Japanese government is spending more than 95 crores on the funeral program for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The ceremony will take place at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo.
Shinzo Abe was murdered for his ties to the Unification Church
TokyoJapanese government Fumio Kishida said on Tuesday it would spend about $12 million (1.65 billion yen) on the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, including security and reception costs. Previously, Fumio Kishida’s government presented a modest budget of just 250 million yen, according to a Reuters report, in which there was huge controversy over not including security and hospitality expenses for VIPs. . However, the government has now voted a hefty amount for its former prime minister’s funeral package.
6000 guests will be present
About 6,000 guests, including foreign dignitaries, are expected to attend the ceremony to be held at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo on September 27. Let us tell you that Abe was shot dead during a campaign rally in July. The killer alleged that Shinzo Abe had ties to the controversial Unification Church. According to the alleged killer, his mother had gone bankrupt because of the church and Shinzo was promoting this church. The organization is known for its mass weddings and aggressive fundraising strategies. The Unification Church has also been accused of spreading superstition in the name of religion.
56% of people are against taxing tax money
People protest against taxpayers’ money being put on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral. In a poll by the Yomiuri newspaper, 56% of people oppose funerals done with taxpayers’ money. However, 38% agreed the government should organize Abe’s funeral with taxpayers’ money. Additionally, after news of the Unification Church ties, the government’s disapproval rating also increased to over 40%.
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FIRST POST: 06 September 2022, 09:38 IST