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Kishida begins 3 days of 'condolence diplomacy' around Abe funeral

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I can't believe this! always a way to make moneys!ifcourse " not our moneys" but the people moneys

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What is "condolence diplomacy" preciesely?

And who is consoling whom?

Why would we console them? He wasn't their leader.

Why would they console us? He wasn't PM or especially well-liked. It wasn't my family member that got assasinated.

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Kishida has said the controversial state-sponsored ceremony for Abe would serve as an important opportunity to communicate with other countries

As if he were short of creating meaningful opportunities to communicate. What a waste...Time, money and SECURITY uncalled for....

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Well as long long as everyone took the time and spent the money to come why not hold meetings as well. Totally separate issue from the funeral itself.

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condolence diplomacy

Had to Google this since I'd never heard of it before. Is it basically using a funeral as a chance to talk shop?

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Democracy folks, isn't it amazing?

0 ( +10 / -10 )

Condolences to our tax money. Why did he have to waste it on this??

8 ( +19 / -11 )

Kishida's New Capitalism is starting to look very similiar to Abe's Cronyism with a different name.

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James - Kishida's New Capitalism is starting to look very similiar to Abe's Cronyism with a different name.

It's new cronyism.

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Never heard discussion of business at a funeral

6 ( +9 / -3 )

It’s great to see respected leaders from around the world paying their respects to a fallen well respected former leader ! Well deserved for the most popular and longest serving prime minister here!

-22 ( +1 / -23 )

'condolence diplomacy' unseemly, unworthy, demeaning, cynical even, to the memory of former Prime Minster assassinated in the street.

Shameful

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

Big cheques to all those beggars makes that ‘funeral’ even more expensive at a multiple factor.

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Never heard discussion of business at a funeral

That's a customary practice, especially among the cosa nostra (and politicians).

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Honestly this photo makes me sick !

Look at em all on thier golden thrones .

Spending all our taxes on ostentatious events and globetrotting nonsense trips.

Does kishida think he's royalty now ?

Excuse me while i barf !

1 ( +12 / -11 )

@Awa no gaijin

You're very spot on!

Akasaka Palace State Guest House

If you ordered Buckingham Palace off wish.com

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

The Japanese government said that around 4,300 people are likely to join the state funeral for Abe in Tokyo, including roughly 700 people representing more than 200 countries, regions and international organizations.

Again, a little clarity and a lot of Kyodo-induced smoke.

According to this article:

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/0d9c3a0f6c4a4f496e22c4647a4eabc46420e3cf

117 countries, regions and international organizations (hello Mr. Bach from the IOC!) are being represented and coming from abroad. 101 countries, regions and international organizations have their representatives not coming from abroad but being represented by people stationed in Japan.

if you look at the list in the article, which is a little more than 100 person long of so-called "top representatives" (incl. incumbent heads, "vice-heads", foreign affair ministers but also: "exes", speakers of the house and various "ministers" or sorts).

We're still short of a LOT of people (around 500) of these fabled 700. Would love to know what makes up the bulk of these "700"? Are we talking about the entourage of the visitors (e.g. assistants, secretaries, interpreters)?

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I'm starting 3 day's to my fellow tax payers for the waste of money that's more expensive than QE2s funeral.

It they had half a brain cell they would make it a national holiday to reduce the bitterness a touch to the minions but oh no! J Inc must stagger on.

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The agency that got the "bid" were the same lot that organised that dodge sacura viewing! Can't write this stuff!

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Sakura, typo

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Hilarious.... no one important is coming so Kishida is left having meetings with the PM of Gabon. I'm sure they just decided the fate of the world in their little chat over tea.

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"but the total cost could balloon, triggering a public backlash."

It will balloon. When has there been a public project or event that hasn't gone over budget?

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Notice!! NO women on the Japanese side, LOL

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Some people think the "VIPs" are paying their own way? There are some exceptions like VP Kamala Harris flying over on a government jet for security reasons. All the others are flying over in First Class on ANA and JAL with the Japanese government/taxpayers footing the bill.

PS. They are not paying for their hotel suites in central Tokyo either.

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condolence diplomacy'

This must be a new phrase in the English Language. I'm not even sure how it translates from Japanese. Can anyone out there help with that one?

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