Japan's govt. plans to spend about $11.8 mil. on state funeral for late PM Abe

The Japanese government says the total cost of the state funeral for late former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo is estimated at about one billion 660 million yen, or around 11.8 million dollars.

The funeral for Abe, who was fatally shot during an election campaign speech in July, is scheduled for September 27 in Tokyo. The government will foot the entire bill.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu told reporters of the estimate on Tuesday.

Earlier, the government approved a budget worth about 1.8 million dollars to prepare the venue.

The additional 10 million dollars contains about 5.7 million dollars to cover costs of personnel expenses for police officers in charge of security, about 4.2 million dollars for costs of accepting foreign dignitaries and over 70,000 dollars for rental fees for vehicles used by the Self-Defense Forces' guard of honor and others.

More than 190 foreign delegates are expected to visit Japan to attend the funeral. This includes about 50 delegations led by heads of states or others that will require a special reception.

The explanation comes after the opposition camp demanded the disclosure of an outline of the budget.

Matsuno said he disclosed the budget after Prime Minister Kishida Fumio instructed him to fully explain the plan to the public. He added that the government will continue striving to win public understanding.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the Diet affairs chief of the opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, Azumi Jun, criticized the government's response on the funeral. He said the government appears to have a dishonest attitude, making the funeral appear not so costly as opposition to the state-funded funeral is strong.

Noting that the opposition camp's efforts have revealed that the total sum will be 6.6 times the original budget, Azumi said the camp is not convinced about the matter.