Shinzo Abe's funeral was more expensive than the Queen of England's

Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated with a homemade weapon during an election campaign in July, was buried today (September 27).
Like Queen Elizabeth II last week, Abe was buried at a state funeral attended by international dignitaries and surrounded by grand ritual and mourning mourners.
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Although the UK government has not released an official tally, the Queen's funeral is believed to have cost around $8.5 million. According to a Japanese government spokesman, Abe's was about $12 million.
Security accounted for about half of the cost, according to a BBC report, with another third going to accommodate the estimated 700 foreign dignitaries.
The Japanese public is divided over Abe's legacy
The price tag for Abe's funeral sparks discontent in Japan. A poll by Japan's Kyodo news agency found that 70% of respondents thought the government was spending too much and police cracked down on thousands of angry protesters outside the event today.
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The expense is only part of the reason why not everyone in Japan is willing to shoulder the public cost of Abe's funeral.
Abe was a divisive political figure in Japan. His death and lavish burial have become a referendum on his leadership. His critics have taken the opportunity to air scandals and controversial decisions during his tenure, from granting inappropriate political favors to abusing the early days of the pandemic.
The circumstances of his assassination have also shed light on his ties to the Unification Church. The fringe religious group, which Abe supported but did not belong to, is accused of enmeshing with politicians and extorting large sums of money from their supporters, including the mother of Tetsuya Yamagami, the man who killed the former prime minister .
In another sign of the backlash against Abe, Yamagami is being hailed by some as an antihero whose cause has resonated with disenchanted Japanese youth. While Yamagami is in prison, his uncle receives gifts on his behalf from enthusiastic supporters.

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