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Shinzo Abe

Japan plans state funeral for Abe on Sept. 27: sources

Budokan eyed as venue for rare honor for slain former prime minister

People come to pray at the central Tokyo temple of Zojoji, where the funeral of Japan's former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was held, on July 12. (Photo by Yo Inoue)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan is planning to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot earlier this month, government sources said Wednesday.

The Nippon Budokan arena in central Tokyo is being eyed as the venue for the rare state funeral, which will be fully funded by the government. The cabinet is expected to endorse the plan this week at the earliest.

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