The funeral of Japan’s former prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will take place next week amid strong criticism from people in the country who question the high cost of the event. Shinzo Abe was murdered in July this year.
The Japanese government will pay about 1.66 billion yen for the event, which is reportedly more than the cost of Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, media reports said.
The controversy over Mr Abe’s government-funded funeral has sparked demonstrations in Japan, with many opposing the event. A comparison between Mr Abe’s and Queen Elizabeth’s funeral shows the latter’s estimated funeral costs were lower at about 1.3 billion yen, the report added.
People have also expressed concern as Japan spent $13 billion on the Tokyo Olympics, which was nearly double the estimated budget for the event.
The contract to organize Mr Abe’s funeral was given to Tokyo-based event organizer Murayama.
According to a report by The Guardian, the Japanese government had estimated the cost of the state funeral at 250 million yen. According to the cabinet’s chief secretary, Hirokazu Matsuno, an estimated 800 million yen will be spent overseeing the event, while hosting the dignitaries is expected to cost 600 million yen.
He had further said the bill for the state funeral could rise to 1.7 billion yen, the report added.
Earlier this week, a man set himself on fire near the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida while opposing plans to hold a state funeral for Shinzo Abe.