NHK: Japan to hold state funeral for ex-PM Abe on Sept 27

People line up to place flowers at a makeshift memorial outside Yamato-Saidaiji Station, where former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was shot on July 8, in Nara on July 9, 2022. (PHILIP FONG / AFP)

TOKYO – The Japanese government is planning to hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot to death at a campaign rally earlier this month, on Sept 27, NHK public television said on Wednesday.

The site will be the Nippon Budokan, an arena originally built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games that has since been a popular venue for sports events and concerts as well as the site for a memorial service for World War Two dead held every year on Aug 15.