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Use some of the money to replace those manky old velvet chairs.

Symbolic of the LDP in general; flashy promise at first but due to zero foresight soon worn out and just see the same old griminess over and over.

9 ( +24 / -15 )

State funeral for Abe appropriate given his achievements: Kishida

Abenomasks? Costly boondoggle of a summer Olympics?

Yup, wasting huge amounts of taxpayer money to send him off certainly does seem in keeping with Abe's achievements.

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The problem that Kishida doesn't seems to understand is that people are not utterly against the state funerals. They are against using the money of the taxpayers, because it is an unaccessary burden to add to all people living in Japan. If you really want to do it, just use your own money or the money of the moonies since almost 40% of the people of your party has ties with them.

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Abe's state-sponsored ceremony will become the second for a former prime minister in the postwar period following one for Shigeru Yoshida, who signed the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty that allowed Japan to regain its sovereignty.

This is a very important detail. To the Japanese right, the funeral seems to be a question of honour as they view the San Francisco treaty as a humiliation and Yoshida's legacy as a shadow over post-war Japan.

Kishida will absolutely ram through the funeral despite public opinion. The LDP doesn't need a majority to stay in power and will always dismiss opposition parties as opposing for the sake of opposing. What's more the next election is far away, so all the LDP has to do is appease its Nippon Kaigi supporters.

The fact that Abe's funeral will be an unpopular waste of public money seems quite fitting.

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It's incredible Kishida can say all this with a straight face.

An utter yes man and LDP lapdog.

Pathetic.

6 ( +27 / -21 )

Everyone who shows up should put on one of those postage-stamp sized masks that are a part of Abe's legacy. There isnt any else that he really did for the people.

-3 ( +15 / -18 )

Abe's achievements?

Like causing the yen to plunge to ¥144 to the $?

Like introducing 'Moral Education' in spite of him have none himself.

Like being found guilty of lying in the Diet on more than 140 occasions.

Like introducing the ' Secrecy Law' like it was the Kempeitei themselves.

Like never explaining his Gake and Mizutomo scandals by himself,

Like doing nothing for the people he actually represented.

22 ( +31 / -9 )

He had way more failures than achievements. Way more!

14 ( +24 / -10 )

Which achievements besides the longevity of office?

8 ( +17 / -9 )

As opposed to everybody's hope here...

He also said U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and European Council President Charles Michel are among the high-ranking foreign dignitaries expected to travel to Japan for the state funeral.

Not only that It's been reported that, PM of Singapore, PM of Cambodia, President of Vietnam, Oh, as for Singapore, the founder of the nation, Lee Kuan Yew too will attend...

How come these leaders willing to attend to see off the evil PM of Japan, the right-wing Nippon Kaigi, LDP member who you guys have been bashing as a whitewasher of ugly Japan's historical rape of Asia

SMH

-9 ( +10 / -19 )

It has nothing to do with achievements, popularity, or cost. Japan has not got a precedent or legal basis for holding state funerals for politicians. There is no need to start. His supporters can give him a more than adequate send off, no need to bring the state into it.

If it is so important though, give us a day off!

5 ( +10 / -5 )

considering the condolence messages totaling around 1,700

Set up a page for condemnations and I guarantee you will get a lot more than that!

3 ( +11 / -8 )

mu-da......

Which achievements besides the longevity of office?

The way he evaded any consequences for his numerous corruption scandals was actually quite impressive.

7 ( +18 / -11 )

A Japanese prime minister serve a year, without a scandal,that an achievement,you will not serve that long

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Kishida-san, you don't seem to understand what we are against here. You are making yourself look silly so please stop wasting your time trying to argue and move on with more important tasks like the plunging yen for example.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

I have tried to think of one good thing he did. I do not think his resigning was a noble act. He said he resigned for ill health, but it seems more likely that he resigned because the scandals were closing in on him.

An appropriate epitaph would be:

Three arrows, three misses.

2 ( +14 / -12 )

Japan's longest-serving premier who did a lot to impoverish more the country. I recall failures and scandals, anything more? Not at all, I guess.

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Kishida: “ State funeral for Abe appropriate given his achievements “

No**, it’s not**.

“ Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reiterated Thursday that a state funeral for former leader Shinzo Abe is "appropriate" given his achievements as the country's longest-serving premier, with the approval ratings for the cabinet sliding due largely to the issue. “

a) longevity and b) he was able to create a bond with Trump, Trump actually gave a s about him; those are the only two achievements; not enough ***for a state funeral.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Shinzo Abe was the first J-PM to address both houses of the US Congress in English to a standing ovation. He was the the first J-PM to attend the Pearl Harbor Ceremony, in response to which Pres Obama attended the Hiroshima ceeremony. Shinzo Abe came up with "A free and opem Indo-Pacific" in 2015, which was adopted by the US State Dept in 2016 and has evolved into the QUAD. Abe furthered close relations between Japan and the US, Australia, UK and EU. Hence was highly regarded and respected outside of Japan.

Within Japan he is remembered for the Sakura wo miru kai, and Moritomo Gakuen scandals, and the ridiculous abenomasks. Hence most Japanee citizens do not feel he derserves a state funeral.

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who said so?mister empty suit

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida re- re- re- re- reiterated.....

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Not only that It's been reported that, PM of Singapore, PM of Cambodia, President of Vietnam, Oh, as for Singapore, the founder of the nation, Lee Kuan Yew too will attend...

How come these leaders willing to attend to see off the evil PM of Japan, the right-wing Nippon Kaigi, LDP member who you guys have been bashing as a whitewasher of ugly Japan's historical rape of Asia

Ooops Lee Kuan Yew is dead already . I messed up. Sorry.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

It makes me sick to read of all these commenters complaining about the way Japanese people want to arrange a Japanese State Funeral - let them alone to do things the way they want to.

To think this guy, who was a long-serving public-servant, with all his attendant faults, was publicly executed in such an horrific manner, and all some people can complain about is money. Try thinking about his family, friends and relatives, about how bad they feel at this time - it's called empathy.

It's the first State Funeral for a PM in 55 years, and $11 million is not a lot of money for such a wealthy country as Japan.

-10 ( +9 / -19 )

Please can ANYONE tell me what are the qualifications for a *“ State funeral "** *because I hear nothing but complaints.

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"To offer condolences across the nation, the government "needs" to hold the funeral as a "state event," Kishida said. A gunman fatally shot Abe during an election campaign speech in early July."

Ummm, no it is NOT necessary to hold a state funeral with foreign dignitaries so the "condolences across the nation" are offered, unless he's planning to invite the entire nation from Hokkaido to Okinawa.

Martimurano: "It makes me sick to read of all these commenters complaining about the way Japanese people want to arrange a Japanese State Funeral - let them alone to do things the way they want to."

Ummm... whom do you think Kishida is addressing here to try and justify it? Foreingers? Don't tell THEM that! The Japanese people DON'T want this... the majority are clearly AGAINST it, and hence Kishida's support is falling on this issue and the ties to Unification Church.

Someone seems to have some misplaced anger built up.

And he accomplished nothing that benefits anyone but the ultra-rightists, and even then it still hurts them because what hurts the nation will come back and hit them at some point. But hey, at least if we all suffer we have extra Abenomasks to wipe the tears and sweat away.

-5 ( +11 / -16 )

It's incredible Kishida can say all this with a straight face.

An utter yes man and LDP lapdog.

Pathetic.

Agree with John 100%

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Foreigners agreeing with a funeral being held for Abe? So so sad.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

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