Tokyo, – On his third-day visit to Japan, Vice President (VP) K.H. Ma’ruf Amin attends the state funeral procession of Former Japanese Prime Minister (PM) Shinzo Abe at Nippon Budokan, Choyoda, Tokyo, Tuesday (27/09/2022).

At around 13.45 local time, the VP accompanied by Mrs. Hj. Wury Ma’ruf Amin arrived at the venue. The state funeral procession begins at 14.00.

The procession began with a speech from the Deputy Chairman of the Funeral Service Committee and continued with the singing of the Japanese National Anthem.

After that, the VP and all participants in the funeral procession took a moment of silence and watched the video footage of the late former PM Shinzo Abe being shown.

On this occasion, the VP also witnessed the procession given by Japanese government officials and tributes made by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako along with Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Michiko.

At the end of this state funeral procession, the VP and Mrs. Hj. Wury Ma’ruf Amin also laid a wreath and paid their last respects to the late former PM Abe. The wreath-laying order for foreign dignitaries was President of Palau S. Whipps, Jr., President of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe, VP of the Republic of Indonesia K.H. Ma’ruf Amin, VP of the United States Kamala Harris, VP of the Philippines Sara Duterte-Carpio, and The First Lady of Colombia Verónica Alcocer García.

Previously, in a press statement delivered before attending the state funeral procession for Former PM Shinzo Abe, the VP said that Indonesia would continue to strengthen cooperative relations with Japan, as had been well established during the leadership of former PM Shinzo Abe and previous leaders.

“Former PM Abe is a person who plays an important role in improving Indonesia-Japan relations so that the relationship becomes a strategic partner and strengthens closer friendly relations between the people of Indonesia and Japan,” said the VP.

“Therefore, we want to increase the relationship even closer in various forms of more concrete cooperation,” he concluded.

For the record, during PM Abe’s leadership, bilateral relations between Indonesia and Japan experienced a significant improvement and even became a Strategic Partnership with the signing of the Japan-Indonesia Joint Statement “Strategic Partnership for Peaceful and Prosperous Future” in Tokyo on November 28, 2006.

Moreover, several collaborations that have been successfully established during PM Abe’s administration include the Patimban Port Project, IJEPA, MRT Jakarta, and the Jakarta-Surabaya Semi-Fast Train.

After attending the state funeral, in the evening the VP and Mrs. Hj. Wury Ma’ruf Amin continued their activities at the Akasaka Palace, namely attending the Greeting Occasion to convey their condolences directly to Japanese PM Fumio Kishida and Mrs. Abe Akie (wife of the late former PM Shinzo Abe). (NN/LHS, BPMI – Setwapres)