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

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TOKYO (Reuters) – 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. The cabinet decided to hold a state funeral for Abe, Japan’s longest-serving but divisive premier, on Sept. 27 at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan. About 53% of respondents to a Saturday-Sunday Kyodo news agency survey expressed opposition to a state funeral for Abe, exceeding the 45% who favoured a state funeral. The government of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, an Abe protege, decided his funeral will …

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