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The government will hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this fall, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday, noting Abe's "great achievements" in various fields as the nation's longest-serving leader.

Abe's will be only the second state funeral for a former prime minister in Japan's postwar history, following the one held for Shigeru Yoshida, who signed the San Francisco peace treaty in 1951.

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