Prime Minister Lee attends state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, a spokesman for the Premier’s Office (PMO) said on Friday (September 9) in response to media inquiries.

Mr Abe was fatally shot during an election rally on 8 July.

About 6,000 guests, including foreign dignitaries, are expected to attend the ceremony for Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, to be held at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo on September 27.

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Other world leaders who have confirmed their attendance include US Vice President Kamala Harris and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Japanese officials said in late August that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi planned to attend the event.

A representative from Taiwan will also be present, although the government is still discussing who will send them.

China has not announced who will send it or if it will send anyone. The Kremlin said earlier in July that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the funeral.

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