Japanese government expects 4,300 people to attend Abe state funeral

The Japanese government says it expects about 4,300 people from inside and outside Japan to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo next Tuesday.

At a news conference on Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu said about 3,600 people from within the country and about 700 others from overseas are expected to be present at the funeral.

Those from within the country include the heads of Lower and Upper Houses, as well as more than 700 current and former Diet lawmakers and 44 prefectural governors.

The government also expects more than 1,000 people from business and other circles to be present at the funeral.

Regarding attendance from overseas, the government expects to receive 35 top-level leaders and 218 foreign delegations.

Matsuno told reporters that China informed the Japanese government earlier in the day that one of the vice chairpersons of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the country's top legislative advisory body, plans to attend the funeral.

Matsuno said the government is deeply grateful to the many people who are to take part in the funeral.
He said the government will do its utmost to make the funeral worthy of receiving their heartfelt condolences and good wishes.