Why young Japanese are more likely to support Abe’s state funeral

In a country where voters are increasingly opposed to a state funeral for Shinzo Abe, support for the event remains high among young Japanese people who see themselves as having benefited from his economic policies during his record run in as prime minister.

For many voters in their twenties, Abe’s name is synonymous with a booming Nikkei stock average and nearly full employment under its Abenomics program. For the elderly, revelations about his ties to a religious sect whose founder was convicted in the United States of tax evasion have brought back memories of the alleged corruption and patronage scandals that clouded his government.

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