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Shinzo Abe

Japan to hold state funeral for Shinzo Abe this autumn

Kishida is swayed by outpouring of support at home and abroad

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and other officials offer prayers as a hearse carrying the body of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a brief visit to the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Japan will hold a state funeral for Shinzo Abe this autumn, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Thursday, citing the former leader's accomplishments for the country.

Abe, the country's longest-serving prime minister, "assumed a heavy responsibility of being Japan's prime minister in the face of severe domestic and international situations through his outstanding leadership and executive ability," Kishida told reporters in Tokyo.

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