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Shinzo Abe

Abe funeral draws crowd as Japan bids farewell to slain former PM

'It's as if I am still in a dream,' wife Akie says at ceremony

Mourners gather to offer condolences at Tokyo's Zojoji Temple, where the private funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was held on July 12.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A black hearse carried Japan's assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe past Tokyo's halls of power one final time on Tuesday, after his funeral.

The motorcade drove by the headquarters of Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the Diet building and the prime minister's office where he spent so many years. As the car passed the LDP offices, party officials offered a quiet prayer outside.

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