Huge crowds filled the streets of Tokyo to pay tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated last week.
The 67-year-old was shot dead as he spoke at a campaign rally in the South American city of Nara on Friday.
On Tuesday, a hearse carried Abe’s body through the capital and past landmarks to the funeral home, where he was cremated.
A private funeral had already taken place at Zojoji Temple.
Flags flew at half-mast across Tokyo and a long line of mourners stretched two blocks from the temple, many carrying bouquets of flowers.
The hearse passed Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party headquarters before making its way to the prime minister’s residence, where Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other lawmakers received the motorcade.
He then passed the parliament building, where Abe first entered as a lawmaker in 1993, before arriving at the Kirigaya funeral home.
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Abe was Japan’s longest-serving post-war prime minister and one of his most influential politicians. And his death caused a shock wave in a nation where gun violence is extremely rare.
Police said the killer targeted Abe over complaints he had with a religious group he believed Abe was a part of. But they are still investigating the killer’s motives and whether he acted alone.
A vigil held Monday evening attracted hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of ordinary Japanese citizens to lay flowers.
Abe’s death sparked a wave of shock from prominent world leaders, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemning the shooting as a “despicable attack”.
US President Joe Biden called Prime Minister Kishida to express “indignation, sadness, and deep condolences”, calling the assassination “a tragedy for Japan”.