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Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe state funeral plan divides Japan as Diet convenes

PM Kishida faces strong pushback heading into short parliamentary session

A motorcade carrying the body of slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passes the Diet in Tokyo on July 12. A plan to hold a state funeral for Abe in September has proved controversial.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces growing controversy over his plan to hold a state funeral for assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe, as a brief session of the legislature opens on Wednesday.

The Diet is scheduled to sit for three days, mainly to choose a president and vice president for the upper house after the July 10 election won by Kishida's Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition.

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