HIROSHIMA: Japanese Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio on Saturday defended the government’s decision to hold a state funeral for slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as “appropriate.”
“It is appropriate to hold a funeral (for Abe) as an official state event and invite representatives from foreign countries,” Kishida told a press conference in the western city of Hiroshima.
“I want to give (the public) full explanations (about the state funeral) through various opportunities,” Kishida said.
Public opinion is divided over the state funeral for Abe, who was shot to death during a stump speech in the western Japan city of Nara on July 8.
Meanwhile, Kishida expressed his determination to make full efforts to hold successfully the 2023 Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima.
“I want to clearly show that the G-7 will lead efforts to create order for a new era based on universal values and international rules,” he stressed.
Kishida indicated his willingness to take other G-7 leaders to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. “Sharing facts about atomic bombings is the starting point for a world without nuclear weapons,” he said.