Protests ahead of state funeral for former Japan PM Shinzo Abe – BBC News

From BBC News.

Protests have taken place in Japan as world leaders head to the country for the state funeral for former prime minster Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July.

Opposition to the state funeral has been growing in recent weeks, with polls suggesting more than half of the country’s population is now against holding it.

On Monday around 10,000 protestors marched through the streets of the Tokyo demanding the funeral be called off.

State funerals are not an established practice in Japan, and protesters say they resent the use of public funds on the event that is projected to cost about 1.65bn yen (£10.1m; $11.4m).

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