[Washington Kyodo]It was learned on the 17th that Senator Hagerty (Republican), former US Ambassador to Japan, will attend the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which will be held in Tokyo on the 27th. A Japanese-American official said. Former President Barack Obama (Democrat), who was planning to attend, decided not to attend.
The United States delegation will be led by Vice President Harris. Harris is the first black, Asian, and female vice president of the United States. The Democratic Biden administration expressed sympathy for the United States with Hagerty’s presence and put forward a stance of emphasizing Japan-US relations.
Hagerty was named the Trump administration’s ambassador to Japan in August 2017 under the Abe administration. He left office in July 2019 to run for the Senate.