laying flowers to pay tribute to Shinzo Abe. Since early in the morning, people have been lining up outside Tokyo's Zojoji Temple, taking turns to lay flowers on the flower table. hearse Photo Credit: Reuters / BBC News A large number of Japanese people wait in the streets to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe The funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated last week, was held in Tokyo on Tuesday (July 12), and large crowds gathered on both sides of the road to pay tribute to him. Shinzo Abe was shot during a speech in Nara City last Friday (July 8) and was rushed to the hospital for rescue. He died at the age of 67. The funeral was held at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo, and a large number of people laid flowers at the flower offering platform next to Zojoji Temple, and waited on both sides of the surrounding roads to see him off for his last journey.
The hearse carrying Abe's body left Zojoji Temple after the funeral, detoured the streets of Tokyo, passed the Liberal Democratic Party headquarters, the Prime Minister's residence, the National Assembly building and other places, and was transported to the crematorium. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and several cabinet officials greeted him at the Prime Minister's residence and watched the hearse leave. Afterwards, the hearse passed through the National Assembly Hall, and several members of Congress were present to greet the hearse. Analysis: Farewell to "Abe-san" BBC Japan correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes This was originally just a private funeral, only for family members and close friends, but a large number of Japanese people still took to the streets, laying flowers to pay tribute to Shinzo Abe. Since early in the morning, people have been lining up outside Tokyo's Zojoji Temple, taking turns to lay flowers on the flower table. There will be thunderstorms in the forecast that