Japan to hold Shinzo Abe’s state funeral on September 27
22 July, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava
Japanese government stated that Shinzo Abe's official funeral will take place on September 27, local media reported on Friday.
Japanese government stated that Shinzo Abe’s official funeral will take place on September 27, local media reported on Friday.
According to the Kyodo news agency, the event will take place in the Nippon Budokan venue in Tokyo’s Kitanomaru National Garden. Notably, former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida’s public burial in 1967 marked the last time the nation had a formal funeral for a national leader. On July 8, while giving a campaign address in the Japanese city of Nara, Abe was shot. Tetsuya Yamagami, 41, came up behind the lawmaker and fired two rounds from approximately ten metres away (33 feet).
According to reports, assailant spent close to a year planning the 67-year-old former head of state’s murder.
According to Hidetada Fukushima, director of emergency services at Nara Medical University Hospital, Abe had two gunshot wounds to the front of his neck, and bullet that killed him had also caused damage to his heart and a major artery, which resulted in blood loss.
Dr. Fukushima said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Abe experienced cardiac arrest at the scene of the attack and lost vital signs while being transported.
After failing to halt the bleeding, doctors tried a blood transfusion, according to Dr. Fukushima. Shinzo Abe was shot while giving a campaign address in western Japan, and he arrived at the hospital without any vital signs.
The longest-serving prime minister in Japan, Abe, retired in 2020, citing health concerns. He served as Japan’s prime minister twice, from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 20. Yoshihide Suga and then Fumio Kishida succeeded him.