VP Ma’ruf Amin Attends Former PM Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin Tuesday (09/27) attended the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo.
The Vice President and his spouse Ibu Wury Ma’ruf Amin arrived at the venue at around 13.45 local time.
The state funeral procession began at 14.00 with a speech from Deputy Chair of the Funeral Services Committee and the reverberation of the Japanese National Anthem.
Afterward, the Vice President and other participants of the funeral procession observed a moment of silence and watched video footage of the late former PM.
At the end of the procession, the Vice President and his spouse also laid a wreath and paid their last respects to the late former PM Abe.
Previously, in a press statement prior to the state funeral procession, the Vice President said that Indonesia would continue to strengthen cooperation with Japan as it has been well established during the leadership of former PM Shinzo Abe and previous leaders.
“Former PM Abe played an important role in improving Indonesia-Japan relations, becoming a strategic partner and strengthening friendly relations between the people of Indonesia and Japan,” he said.
The Vice President also affirmed Indonesia’s commitment to improving relations with Japan. “Therefore, we want to improve relations in various forms of concrete cooperation,” he remarked.
For the record, during PM Abe’s leadership, bilateral relations between Indonesia and Japan experienced a significant improvement and even became strategic partners with the issuance of the Japan-Indonesia Joint Statement “Strategic Partnership for Peaceful and Prosperous Future” in Tokyo on November 28, 2006.
Moreover, several collaborations have been successfully established during PM Abe’s reign including the Patimban Port Project, the Indonesian-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA), the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and the Jakarta-Surabaya Semi-Fast Train.
In the evening, after attending the state funeral, the Vice President and Ibu Wury attended a greeting occasion at the Akasaka Palace to convey their condolences directly to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the wife of the late former PM, Akie Abe. (BPMI of Vice Presidential Secretariat/UN) (FI/MMB)