The world mourns Shinzo Abe: his funeral in photos

Tearful reactions to Shinzo Abe's death
Shinzo Abe’s funeral on 12 July 2022
First reactions
Condolences from India and the rest of the world
The public gathers for Shinzo Abe
Members of his party attend Abe’s vigil
Other global political figures also in attendance
Other political figures pay their respects remotely
Posthumous honor
Flowers and prayers for the last time
A solemn goodbye
Leaving Zojoji Temple for final arrangements
Mrs Shinzo Abe, Akie Abe
Loved by the people
Final salute from the military
… And from Japan’s current PM
Tearful reactions to Shinzo Abe's death

Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funeral took place on 12 July 2022. As it was the last day to say their final goodbyes, many Japanese people wept at Abe's memorial.

Shinzo Abe’s funeral on 12 July 2022

Mourners from all over the world continue to pay their respects to the nation's longest-serving Prime Minister who held this position for nearly three decades.

Here is what went on in the days after Abe was shot and passed away on July 8, 2022.

First reactions

Japanese citizens gather outside of Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara, the exact location where Abe was shot, to pay their respects to the departed on 8 July 2022.

Condolences from India and the rest of the world

As a sign of respect, India responded by flying their national flags at half-mast during their one-day state of mourning Shinzo Abe’s death. Countries that also flew their national flags at half-mast to mourn Abe include the US, The Republic of China (Taiwan), Thailand, and Cambodia.

The public gathers for Shinzo Abe

In anticipation of Abe's funeral hearse transporting his remains into Zojoji Temple for his memorial vigil and funeral procession, members of the public gather along the streets of Zojoji Temple where his vigil is to be held.

Members of his party attend Abe’s vigil

In attendance at Abe’s vigil at Zojoji Temple were members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), whom Shinzo Abe was a part of and once served as their president from 2006 to 2007. Pictured is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), politician Junko Mihara.

Other global political figures also in attendance

Other than members of Japan’s LDP, global political figures such as South Korean President Yoon Suk-Yeo and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken were in attendance at Abe’s vigil at Zojoji Temple.

Other political figures pay their respects remotely

Several political figures remotely paid homage to Shinzo Abe at the Japanese embassies in their respective countries, as they could not be at Zojoji Temple. This included French President Emmanuel Macron and Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Posthumous honor

Shinzo Abe received the Order of the Chrysanthemum, the highest honor a Japanese citizen can receive, upon his passing. Only 53 Japanese citizens who are not members of the Japanese Imperial family, including Shinzo Abe, have received this prestigious honor.

Flowers and prayers for the last time

Japanese citizens line up to pay their respects to Shinzo Abe at Zojoji Temple on the day of his funeral on 12 July 2022.

A solemn goodbye

Members of the public pay their final respects at Shinzo Abe's memorial.

Leaving Zojoji Temple for final arrangements

A funeral hearse carrying the body of Shinzo Abe is seen leaving Zojoji Temple for the final stages of the funeral procession.

Mrs Shinzo Abe, Akie Abe

Akie Abe, the widow of Shinzo Abe, rides in the hearse with her husband's body while carrying a memorial tablet in his honor.

Loved by the people

Japanese citizens watch over as Abe’s hearse makes its final journey from Zojoji Temple.

Final salute from the military

Members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force honor guard form a line at Zojoji temple to salute and bid Shinzo Abe a final farewell.

… And from Japan’s current PM

The funeral hearse for Shinzo Abe passed by the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo, where members of Japan's current political cabinet, including the current Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, said their final prayers and bid Shinzo Abe farewell.

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