Prime Minister Kishida is tense. State funeral of Queen Elizabeth and former Prime Minister Abe compared.
Is it a divine prank or –?
While the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who passed away in July, is scheduled for September 27, the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated 70 years on the throne, was held in the UK on September 19 (Japan Standard Time).
The location was Westminster Abbey in central London. The ceremony was attended by many VIPs from around the world, including the Japanese Emperor and Empress. It was the largest ceremony held in the U.K. since World War II, and many citizens gathered around the venue. When the Queen’s coffin was projected on the public viewing screen in the square, applause spontaneously erupted.
The entire country was enveloped in silence as the public offered a two-minute moment of silence at the end of the funeral. The coffin was taken to Windsor Castle in the suburbs of London and buried in a corner of St. George’s Chapel in the castle.
Meanwhile, on the same day in Japan, a rally was held in Yoyogi Park in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, to oppose the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe. The organizers of the rally were the “Sohgakari Action Executive Committee” and the “No War, No Destruction of Article 9! and the “Sayonara 10 Million People Action for Nuclear Power Plant” executive committee. According to the organizer’s announcement, about 13,000 people gathered, and the participants were divided into two courses and marched around the area.
On the day of the national funeral on March 27, there are plans to hold a demonstration surrounding the Nippon Budokan, the site of the funeral. The authorities are planning to use the largest possible security force, but there is a sense of disquiet among the participants.
The development of so much contrast in the same state funeral can only be thought of as a “divine prank.
Some people pointed out that comparing the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, a symbol of the United Kingdom, to that of a politician who, although the longest-serving prime minister of all time, was both light and dark is “misguided,” but the comments on the Internet were still, “I feel like it’s a bit too much.
I feel like it’s a little too small.
I wish we had done it first.
“Why don’t we cancel it now?
The reason for the miscalculation is the lack of support for the project.
The one who has gone wrong is Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, whose approval rating has been slumping.
He had originally planned to hold Abe’s funeral jointly with the cabinet and the LDP, but Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who heads a powerful faction within the party, the Shikokai, said, “It’s not a matter of logic!
But Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who heads the Shikokai, a powerful faction within the party, pressured him repeatedly, saying, “It’s not about logic!
He was pressured repeatedly by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who heads the Shikokai, a powerful faction within the party, who told him, “It’s not a matter of logic! It sounds good to say that he demonstrated his “listening ability,” but he made the decision too rashly.
As if to follow up, former secretary-general Toshihiro Nikai told the opponents of the state funeral on a TV program that they should “just shut up and join hands to see him off.
“Is he saying that on purpose?” The gaffe was so bad that one was tempted to ask, “Is he saying that on purpose?” and, as one would expect, it has caused a firestorm. Prime Minister Kishida is in a very bad mood these days after being beaten by Aso and Nikai,” said a political insider.
The fact that he has drastically discounted the cost of running the state funeral out of concern for the public’s opinion is also likely to backfire. The reported budget is 1.65 billion yen, including 250 million yen for the venue setup and 1.4 billion yen for security and reception of dignitaries. The budget is based on our tax money, and although there are criticisms on the Internet that it is a “rip-off,” the budget is actually “so low that it is worrisome.
Prime Minister Kishida may have thought that since blood taxes are being used…, but he is really trying to do it on a shoestring budget,” said Mr. Kishida. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was making fun of him, asking if he was going to make the VIPs sit in pipe chairs. There are concerns about the “appearance” of the event.
Foreign media are also reporting on the comparison with Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral, and the whole world is interested in the event. The world is interested in the state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe after the grand “prelude” of Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral. How will it end?