Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Manasseh Maelanga arrived in Tokyo last night ahead of the State Funeral for the former Prime Minister of Japan the late Shinzo Abe today.

Hon. Maelanga is representing Solomon Islands at the ceremony alongside more than forty Heads of States and Governments all over the world.

Hon. Maelanga is expected to convey Solomon Islands sincere condolences to the family of the late Shinzo Abe and the Government and people of Japan at the funeral ceremony.

He is also scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and apart from other organized meetings with Japanese officials during the week.

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is holding a series of separate talks with foreign dignitaries visiting Japan for Tuesday's state funeral of former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

About 4,300 people are expected to attend the funeral. Security has been tightened at and around the venue, Nippon Budokan, in the capital. Traffic restrictions are scheduled.

Born on Sept 21, 1954, in Tokyo, Japan, Shinzo Abe was assassinated on July 8, 2022, in Nara, Japan, aged 67 years.

The former Prime Minister was best known for his efforts to revive his country's economy and the military, but he also elevated Japan's health commitments, including championing universal health coverage (UHC) as a component of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and global health security.

Hon. Maelanga is accompanied by three officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Deputy Prime Minister’s delegation will leave Tokyo on September 28.

Source: GCU