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Slim majority of Japanese oppose state funeral for ex-PM Shinzo Abe

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It's an LDP party, let them pay for it. For others, pay at the door.

30 ( +35 / -5 )

Stop trying to use Abe to further the LDP agenda.

Very sad about his assassination but yet the Unification church's influence amongst LDP cronies continues on unchecked!

2 ( +19 / -17 )

Our tax should not be used for this type of ceremony

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Well, we taxpayers paid around $15 billion for an Olympics that more than 50% didn’t want so why not pay millions and millions of our tax money to Dentsu to promote the LDP and Nippon Kaigi and by association Unification Church?

2 ( +18 / -16 )

It is also a disgrace that the Russian president is not invited. Russia is a member of the UNSC, G20 and our neighbor. Shame on lapdog Japan.

-27 ( +9 / -36 )

Abe の memorial...waste of tax like his masks!

7 ( +25 / -18 )

Just over half of Japanese oppose plans for a state funeral for Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister whose assassination this month shocked the nation, an opinion poll showed on Sunday.

Like with the Olympics, even if a 70% super-majority were in opposition it would still go forward.

The LDP acknowledges no limits in spending the treasury of its human resources.

Except actually giving back to them. That is a step too far.

1 ( +14 / -13 )

I want to add my opposition to the funeral too.

-1 ( +13 / -14 )

Like it or not, it's a memorial service being held for Abe because he was assassinated. If he had died of Covid or some other natural causes, there would be no discussion about giving him a state funded memorial service.

-1 ( +8 / -9 )

No!

Abe was mired in scandal and impropriety which has not been fully and properly addressed.

Abenomics was also a complete failure which made the majority of people in Japan poorer not richer!

So, a definite negative from me.

6 ( +23 / -17 )

As with most state funerals, will that date be a national holiday? If they are using my taxes, then I’d like to have the choice to watch the proceedings (which I won’t).

7 ( +11 / -4 )

It is also a disgrace that the Russian president is not invited. Russia is a member of the UNSC, G20 and our neighbor. Shame on lapdog Japan.

No one wants shaky Putler unnerving everyone with his incessant shaking at a state memorial service. Shame on shaky Putler and fascist Russia - international pariah.

-5 ( +9 / -14 )

I am no fan of neither Abe nor the LDP, but holding a state funeral is not that big of a deal. It's common practice in most countries to memorialize politicians. Must we scandalize everything these days?

-14 ( +6 / -20 )

ABE still cost money after death.

5 ( +15 / -10 )

To honor a great man, I think Japan should rename Haneda airport to Abe Shinzo Memorial International Airport.

-22 ( +4 / -26 )

He was Prime Minster of Japan. Honor him!

-22 ( +4 / -26 )

@Readyfortakeoff

Try looking around you at conditions in Japan and wonder why it is like this!

-1 ( +13 / -14 )

Abe Shinzo Memorial International Airport.

Oh dear.

-9 ( +9 / -18 )

It is also a disgrace that the Russian president is not invited. 

Russia already stated Putin would not attend,

there fixed it for you

6 ( +8 / -2 )

ReadyfortakeoffToday  10:10 am JST

Try looking around you at conditions in Japan and wonder why it is like this!

Yes you are correct. I look at Japan and this what I see:

You forgot about the "wonder why it is like this" part.

I see a country where everyone who wants a job has a job.

More and more of them are part-time or temporary, without the same unemployment, pension and health coverage, because more and more companies are too cheap to take on people full-time.

I see safe and clean streets.

Shinzo Abe can't take any credit for that.

I see a health care system that is the best in the world.

Chronically incapable of handling the pandemic due to most healthcare facilities being privately owned and run for profit.

I see a education system that is the best in the world.

Cram schools, obsession with largely pointless entrance exams, university students who get to laze around for four years, over-worked teachers who are forced to supervise afterschool activities and transfer continually, absurd rules about uniforms and grooming... so what are the good bits?

I see my people -the Japanese people-, work hard for their families and their communities and their nation.

They work excessively long hours and forego the holidays they're due out of a warped sense of duty to employees who screw them over for all they're worth.

I see my people come together in both good and more importantly in times of hardship.

I see fathers dumping all the childcare responsibilities on their spouses, and disappearing out of their children's lives when they get divorced.

This is what I see when I see Japan. The greatest nation in the world.

I see a country that Shinzo Abe and other morally bankrupt parasites in the LDP have turned into a failed state in which everything is run for their benefit.

-1 ( +18 / -19 )

This is what I see when I see Japan. The greatest nation in the world.

wowa come on Id say many European nations who have very similar healthcare and higher average life satisfaction rating, debating that claim . you work to live in most countries, in Japan you live to work, big difference, if this hard work mentality was so good, why hasnt it worked for the last 30yrs. Korea now work on average more than Japanese, its a wonder why their suicide rate is now rivaling Japan. Men in both countries feel like a working bank for their families, it no wonder why theyve got the highest rates of suicide.

Japan may be physically fit but mentally they rate poorly in the world

-5 ( +14 / -19 )

They work excessively long hours and forego the holidays they're due out of a warped sense of duty to employees who screw them over for all they're worth.

I meant employers.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Give the guy a state funeral! A former prime minister who was assassinated at the stump while giving a speech…yeah, he definitely qualifies, over qualifies even, for a state funeral. Anything less is a joke.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

wtfjapanToday  11:11 am JST

you work to live in most countries, in Japan you live to work, big difference

I agree, it is deeply based on slavery brainwashing. Japanese have no idea why they are living. they have no philosophy of life, period!! ask them the question you will see!

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

The murder of former prime minister Shinzo Abe is a tragedy, the circumstances surrounding the homicide are the subject of speculation, leaks, briefings, innuendo, and daily media assumptions.

To fund a state funeral, and require the public/taxpayer to accept the costs without full public debate, or allow opposition parties to question the viability, rectitude of such a course of action is flawed on a number of levels.

Democratically, there is more than a whiff of contempt for public opinion. An arrogant disconnect for J people that many not wish to contribute to former Prime Minster funeral they had little in common with.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

I would support the memorial if the assassination was linked to something that he was working on that was for a good cause. However it is linked to a scandalous institute and brings to light flaws in the government. Why should we be paying to memorize the links of the LDP to the unification church?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

It doesn't make the slightest bit of difference whether or not 53% of taxpayers oppose this, or 93% of taxpayers oppose this.

The LDP have their hands in the till for a great big ceremony at our expense, and the accounts will never be opened for scrutiny. It's happening.

And no matter what they do, no matter how many scandals, no matter how much pilfering, no matter how dismally they "lead" this once-proud country into another generation of failure and irrelevance, they will be re-elected every time we go through the pantomime of an election, because democracy never really happened here.

"If God didn't want them to be sheared..."

0 ( +4 / -4 )

@Rodney

The Russian president was invited but by Indonesia

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

He was shot because of his shady links to a shady cult introduced to Japan by his shady grandfather. His PMship was marred by scandal after scandal, none of them answered honestly. His economic plan was a failure, his masks an embarrassment. I can see most people do not want to waste more public money on him.

If there has to be a big send off then let those he benefitted pay, Abenomask suppliers, Morimoto Gakuen etc

2 ( +6 / -4 )

How about having Morinaga confectionery pay for it?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

No matter who is in office when it comes to politics, the people whether they are a supporter or non supporter of the person in office they will never be satisfied.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

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