Several hundred people moved to Zojoji Temple.
Japan pays tribute on Tuesday to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a polarizing figure who dominated the country's political life for decades before he was shot dead last Friday during an election campaign event in Japan. #x27;age 67.
Long lines of people dressed in black, mingling with others in casual attire carrying backpacks, formed at the #x27;Exterior of Zojoji Temple in the center of the capital Tokyo, where Shinzo Abe's funeral is being held. The ceremony will only be open to family and friends of the former leader.
People who have come to pay their respects to Shinzo Abe line up in front of Zojoji Temple.
Several hundred people went to the temple on Monday evening, despite the heat wave, to pay tribute to Shinzo Abe, the country's record longevity as prime minister.
His assassination, by a man with a homemade weapon, shocked a nation where gun violence and political violence are extremely rare.
Following the funeral, the hearse carrying the body of Shinzo Abe will parade through central Tokyo. Black ribbons have been added to the Japanese flags erected in the heart of the capital.
An emotional woman attends the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Among the stops on the route are the Parliament Building, where Shinzo Abe first entered as an elected official in 1993, and the Prime Minister's Residence, occupied by Abe a first time from 2006 to 2007 and a second time from 2012 to 2020.
Tributes from the international community have multiplied. The head of the American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, paid an unexpected visit to Japan on Monday morning to offer the condolences of the administration of President Joe Biden.
Emmanuel Macron returned tribute to Shinzo Abe in a video posted on Twitter by the Élysée after a visit to the Japanese Embassy in Paris.< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">French President Emmanuel Macron signs a condolence book at the residence of the Japanese Ambassador to France in Paris.
Shinzo Abe served his people, his nation with a lot of courage, a lot of audacity, too, said the French president.
I remember […] x27;unforgettable visit that I had been able to make in Japan in 2019 within the framework of the G20, but also on a bilateral level […] I also lose a friend”, he added in a solemn tone.