SDF to fire salute at state funeral for Japan ex-PM Abe

Japan's government will have the Self-Defense Forces fire a salute at the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo later this month.

The Cabinet approved the plan on Tuesday to have the Self-Defense Force honor guard hold a ceremony at the funeral in Tokyo on September 27.

The honor guard will fire 19 blanks from 105 mm howitzers when Abe's remains arrive at the funeral venue.

Self-Defense Force personnel will line the roads near the venue and make a salute, and an SDF band will perform.

In all, more than 1,000 SDF personnel are expected to be mobilized for the event.

The SDF honor guard has taken part in all 11 government-involved funerals for former prime ministers in postwar Japan.

The Defense Ministry and Self-Defense Forces will finalize the details of the ceremony shortly.