Tokyo, September 27 (QNA) - The official funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was held Tuesday morning at Nippon Budokan Hall in the capital, Tokyo, amid tight security.
According to the Kyodo News agency, Japan's state funeral is the first of its kind for a former prime minister in 55 years. About 20,000 policemen were deployed to enforce security measures.
The state funeral was attended by more than 700 foreign representatives, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US Vice President Kamala Harris and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.
Among the speakers at the funeral were Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, the presidents of the Japanese House of Representatives and the House of Councilors, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and others.
Security measures were heavily tightened around the funeral site and the headquarters of diplomatic missions and VIP residence facilities.