Abe funeral: Japan asks why state event is costing more than the Queen’s

Abe funeral: Japan asks why state event is costing more than the Queen's
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“How could Abe’s memorial cost more than the Queen’s? ” read a single headline.

Even though the actual amount of cash spent on the Queen’s state funeral has not been disclosed, the Display article cited the particular Daily Mirror’s reported figure of £8m or 1 . 3bn yen to compare this to the estimated cost of ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral of just one. 66bn yen.

Many are already predicting the actual price tag to be much higher, citing illustrations such as the Tokyo Olympics which ended up charging $13bn – regarding double the original estimate.

Others request if the difference in the costs between the 2 state funerals will be down to companies that act as a middleman when Japan hosts large events.

Whenever Tokyo-based event organiser Murayama was exposed as the only bidder – and therefore the winner of the 176m yen contract – for your state funeral, eyebrows were raised as it was the company Mister Abe used to host a cherry blossom party where he faced accusations of cronyism .

More than 75% of people surveyed by a latest Kyodo news company poll said the government was spending excessive on the funeral.

About 50 % of the money can be expected to go on limited security while an additional third will be used to host foreign website visitors.

Ahead of Tuesday’s state funeral, overseas guests are heading in Japan to meet the current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. The particular three-day event has been dubbed “funeral diplomacy”.

There are 700 guests from 217 countries, including US Vice-President Kamala Harris plus Indian and Aussie prime ministers Narendra Modi and Anthony Albanese.

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But many in Japan have highlighted the way the Queen’s state memorial in London attracted the majority of the current global commanders while those attending Abe’s are mostly previous leaders.

TELEVISION coverage of the Queen’s funeral also demonstrated Japanese viewers Britain’s affection for its former monarch and highlighted how different the mood is in The japanese.

As Japan’s longest serving prime ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) whose life was cut short at age 67 in a shockingly violent – and rare – incident, Mr Abe is only the second excellent minister to get a state funeral.

The final one took place 5 decades ago for Shigeru Yoshida who offered as the country’s head shortly after the end of WW2, and is widely credited for environment the trajectory regarding post-war Japan.

Angry about the price tag for Mr Abe’s funeral, some local media outlets cited Yoshida’s funeral price of 18m yen in 1967 – the equivalent of 70m yen nowadays.

As Japan battles inflation for the first time within decades , experts say that the money would be better spent assisting lower-income families who are suffering the most.

Discontent over a state funeral for Abe is feeding straight into declining approval ratings for the current administration, now at their lowest since Mr Kishida came to strength.

Abe’s policies because prime minister divided Japan and the rancour around his place in Japan’s public lifetime shows no sign of going away.