Crowds Gather to Pay Respects to Shinzo Abe as Funeral Held in Tokyo

Crowds lined the streets of Tokyo on July 12 to pay their respects to Shinzo Abe, as the funeral of the slain former prime minister was held.

Footage posted to Twitter shows people applauding as Abe’s hearse drives past Zojo-ji Temple, where a private service was held.

Following the funeral, a motorcade carrying Abe’s remains drove past locations including the prime minister’s office and the parliament building, according to NHK.

The former prime minister, Japan’s longest-serving leader, was due to be cremated at Kirigaya Funeral Hall.

Abe was shot dead by a gunman during a campaign speech on July 8. A 41-year-old suspect was arrested. Credit: @weiyidemimi via Storyful

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