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Japan prepares to bid farewell to Abe with controversial state funeral

About 4,300 are expected to attend Tuesday's ceremony and at least 48 current or former government figures, including US

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
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Japan's Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe | Photo: AP/PTI

Kiyoshi TakenakaElaine Lies
Japan will honour on Tuesday its assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a polarising figure who dominated modern-day politics as its longest-serving leader, with a rare state funeral that has become nearly as divisive as he was.

Abe's killing at a July 8 campaign rally set off a flood of revelations about ties between lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) he once ran and the Unification Church, which critics call a cult, sparking a backlash against current premier Fumio Kishida.

With his support ratings dragged to their lowest ever by the controversy, Kishida has apologised and vowed to cut party

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First Published: Sep 27 2022 | 8:18 AM IST

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