Abe Shinzo Haunts Japan From the Casket

From the Moonies to military revanchists, Abe Shinzo was in bed with some dangerous oddballs. His funeral was a battle over their place in Japanese politics.

A state funeral for former prime minister Abe Shinzo was held at the Nippon Budokan, an indoor arena, in Chiyoda, Tokyo, September 27, 2022. Many current and former heads of foreign states were in attendance, along with thousands of citizens. (Franck Robichon-Pool / Getty Images)

When an assassin fatally shot former Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo at an election rally in Nara on July 8, two days before a parliamentary upper house election, shock waves spread quickly around the world. Following a private funeral, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio announced that a state funeral for Abe would be conducted on September […]

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