• Kyodo, Jiji, staff report

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The government is planning to hold a state funeral on Sept. 27 for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot earlier this month on the campaign trail, government sources said Wednesday, despite divided public views and criticism from opposition lawmakers over the plan.

The Nippon Budokan arena in central Tokyo is being considered as the venue for the rare state funeral, which will be fully funded by the government. The Cabinet is expected to endorse the plan as soon as Friday.

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