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Tokyo court rejects request to halt state funeral for ex-PM Abe

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it's the law.... well that's alright then.

and who 'makes' the law?

ah!

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Presiding Judge Keiji Mukai said that a state funeral does not "force individual citizens to offer condolences to Mr Abe or to mourn for him," adding that there was no legal grounds for issuing an injunction against the use of the national budget.

Have the Japanese courts ever ruled in favor of the people versus JGov/Japan Inc. ?

The LDP is not forcing us to offer condolences but sure is demanding we pay for others to do so.

I would rather be forced to mime grief and keep the money.

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 the cost would likely be just under 200 million yen ($1.5 million), and that a state funeral "does not oblige each and every citizen to mourn.

you ain’t gots to mourn, but you darn well gots to pay!

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The Cabinet Office said Tuesday that the cost would likely be just under 200 million yen ($1.5 million)...

There is just the problem that the ceremony will cost 200 millions to which security costs for foreign participants (including or excluding COVID-measures??) are believed to amount to another 2.2 billions with not guarantee that the total cost stop there...

This smokescreen around the cost does remind one of Olympics where adjacent costs were simply just ignored in the J-gov's calculations. How convenient. Would love to be able to do that with my household budget! (#sarcasm)

..., and that a state funeral "does not oblige each and every citizen to mourn."

To mourn, no, but in this case, just to foot the bill...

Presiding Judge Keiji Mukai said that a state funeral does not "force individual citizens to offer condolences to Mr Abe or to mourn for him," adding that there was no legal grounds for issuing an injunction against the use of the national budget.

That is indeed more problematic from a legal perspective. Especially looking at how the J-gov squanders money on ego-trips, white elephants, useless junk and private projects with no return for the public. I would create a legal precedent and give the start-shot for an endless stream of legal challenges...

A potentially more interesting angle maybe challenging the systematic use of Dentsu and the cost involved vs the services received and their quality or market-value. Me thinks that there is a lot to uncover in that area...No doubt that Dentsu is involved in this ceremony as well...

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So the LDP appointed court approves wasting tax payer money on a proven corrupt ex-politicians funeral service. No surprise there.

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The legal argument seems forced and it was expected for the request to be denied, but it is a clear sign that a lot of people are against using public funds for the funeral. Kishida seems fixed on making the citizens pay for it with their taxes (maybe because of how it would bee seen overseas if the LDP had to pay it) but it is going to cost him dearly in political funds.

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cool, its only state money. Thought judge "wopner" was gonna go into pocket for a sec.

But he's just a Judge. taking Orders in the Court from a backroom pin stripe.

Isnt it just like at Mc'Dees?

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The court is one of its own government, we are brothers, how can I reject his funeral !.

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To be fully funded by the government

And where did the government get the funding from ?

The unification church ?

And how can there be another funeral anyway ?

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