A man sets himself on fire near the Japanese Prime Minister’s office

Kishida, who is currently in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly, defended the plan, insisting that Abe’s record-breaking tenure and international stature meant he was worth celebrating.

The prime minister’s popularity was affected by the decision, as well as controversy over relations between politicians and the Unification Church.

Destructive donations

The church, whose members are sometimes colloquially called “monies” after Korean founder Son Myung Moon, has been accused of pressuring believers to make sometimes destructive donations — accusations it denies.

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Tetsuya Yamagami, the man accused of shooting Abe, was reportedly resentful of the church due to his mother’s membership and massive donations that bankrupted his family.

Renewed scrutiny of the sect

While Abe was not a member of the Church, he addressed affiliated groups, and his death caused renewed scrutiny of the sect and its political ties.

An investigation by Kishida’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party found that about half of the party’s lawmakers have sect links.

He vowed that the party would sever all ties with the church, which has denied any wrongdoing.

Abe’s state funeral will be held in Budokan, Tokyo, a large venue for concerts and sporting events.

World leaders, including US Vice President Kamala Harris and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, are expected to attend.

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