Opposition CDP executives will not attend Abe's state funeral

Japan's largest opposition party has decided that its executives will not attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Constitutional Democratic Party President Izumi Kenta told a news conference on Thursday that the government has not given a sincere explanation of the reasons for holding a state funeral for Abe.

The party had earlier sent a questionnaire to the government, saying that a state funeral would not be appropriate as public opinion is divided on the issue.

CDP Diet affairs chief Azumi Jun said the party executives had hoped to reach a compromise, but they were dissatisfied with the government's curt response.

The questionnaire said that democracy would be under threat if the Cabinet has the power to hold a state ritual. It said a state funeral for Abe should not be held without an investigation of his ties with the religious group formerly known as the Unification Church.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu told reporters on Thursday that the government had responded to the CDP's questions promptly and thoroughly.

The state funeral for Abe is scheduled for September 27 in Tokyo. The government will foot the entire bill.