Why young Japanese are more likely to support Abe’s state funeral

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In a country where voters are increasingly opposed to a state funeral for Shinzo Abe, support for the event remains strong among younger Japanese, who see that they have benefited from his economic policies during his record tenure as prime minister.

For many voters in their 20s, Abe’s name is synonymous with a rising Nikkei stock average and near-full employment under his Abenomics program. In older people, revelations about his ties to a religious sect whose founder had been convicted in the US for tax fraud brought back memories of suspected corruption scandals and cronyism that clouded his government.

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