Japanese government refuses preferential treatment in Abe’s state funeral

No preferential treatment was given to the Japanese company that won the tender to organize the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the government spokesman said on Monday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno added that Tokyo-based event organizer Murayama Inc. – which has been involved in some controversial government-sponsored events – was the only company to participate in the tender for the national funeral on September 27. Abe was shot by a lone gunman during an election campaign speech in early July.

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