Ex-Administrative Reform Minister Murakami to be absent from Abe's state funeral

Former Administrative Reform Minister Murakami Seiichiro of Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party says he will not attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

Murakami is the first lawmaker belonging to the LDP who expressed his intention of skipping the funeral. It will be held in Tokyo on Tuesday next week.

As reasons, he told NHK that the government decided on the funeral without a prior report to the Diet, and many people oppose the government-sponsored service.

He also said state funerals were not held for former Prime Minister Nakasone Yasuhiro and others.

An NHK opinion poll conducted in September showed that 32 percent approve the state funeral, while 57 percent disapprove.