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People line up in Tokyo amid tight security to lay flowers for ex-PM Abe before funeral

A picture of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is displayed at Kudanzaka Park in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, where a stand for people to place flowers to pay tribute was set up, on the morning of Sept. 27, 2022, the day of his state funeral. (Pool photo)

TOKYO -- People stood in long lines amid tight security to place flowers to pay tribute to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of his state funeral on Sept. 27.

    A venue for people to lay flowers was set up at Kudanzaka Park near the Nippon Budokan hall, the venue for the state funeral, due to begin at 2 p.m. Large numbers of police officers guarded the area while roads were closed to traffic.

    As many people arrived to place flowers from early in the morning, the venue was opened 30 minutes ahead of schedule, at 9:30 a.m. A pair of large photographs of Abe were set up at the park, and entry was restricted to those placing flowers.

    After going through a security check, visitors placed flowers in a designated area and paid tribute to the former prime minister.

    (Japanese original by Tomoyuki Hori and Shota Harumashi, Tokyo City News Department)

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