Protests as Japan honours slain ex-PM Shinzo Abe

Several thousand protesters gathered as Japan held a state funeral for Japan’s slain former prime minister Shinzo Abe. 

Leaders from around the world were in Tokyo to pay tribute to the country's longest-serving PM.

But protesters argued the event used precious state resources that could be directed toward more pressing needs.

State funerals are normally reserved for Japan's Imperial Family - but Abe has been given the honour as the couhonor longest serving PM.

Abe, 67, was gunned down at an election rally in July.

The alliances he forged to respond to China's growing power came alongside big and unpopular changes to Japan’s pacifist constitution.

Some 20,000 police officers were reportedly deployed - police admitted to flaws in the protection provided to Abe in July.

Autor: BBC