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Japan to Hold State Funeral in Autumn for Former Premier Abe

  • Yoshida, who died in 1967, was last PM to have state funeral
  • Kishida says problems with security arrangement at Abe speech
A car carrying the body of Shinzo Abe leaves Zojoji temple where his funeral was held on July 12.

A car carrying the body of Shinzo Abe leaves Zojoji temple where his funeral was held on July 12.

Photographer: Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

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Japan will hold a state funeral in the fall for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the country’s longest-serving premier, who was fatally shot while making a campaign speech last week. 

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced the plan at a news conference Thursday, saying the ceremony would be an appropriate way to express sorrow and honor a man who helped shape the country. The last prime minister to receive the honor was Shigeru Yoshida, who died in 1967 after being instrumental in rebuilding the country following its World War II defeat.