Amid tight security, about 4,300 attendees gathered Tuesday in Tokyo to pay their respects at a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July while campaigning for an election.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo were among about 700 foreign dignitaries from 218 countries, regions and international organizations who attended the funeral.

Members of the general public joined a queue stretching for kilometers to lay flowers at a nearby park, while rallies protesting the controversial state funeral were also held in Tokyo and elsewhere.