Court rejects request for budget injunction for Abe's state funeral

The district court in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo, has dismissed a civic group's request for an injunction against the use of the national budget for a state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

The Japanese government plans to hold the state funeral for Abe in Tokyo on September 27.

The civic group argues in the lawsuit that there are no legal grounds for a state funeral and holding one would violate the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of thought and conscience.

The group was seeking the repeal of the Cabinet decision to hold the funeral and a halt to budget spending for the ceremony.

In Monday's ruling, the presiding judge said the group's request lacks an urgent need and is inadequate.

The Tokyo District Court and the Tokyo High Court have dismissed a similar petition filed by another civic group.