US Vice President Harris attends Abe’s funeral: White House


US Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Japan later in September to attend a state funeral for assassinated former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and underscore the role he played in the bilateral alliance, the White House said Wednesday.

Harris’s visit to Japan for the September 27 ceremony, which she will attend on behalf of US President Joe Biden, will be her first visit since she was sworn in as vice president in January 2021. She will also travel to South Korea.

The trip to the United States’ two closest allies in Asia will take place September 25 and 29, according to the White House.

Her visit to Japan “will honor Prime Minister Abe’s legacy and underline the importance of his leadership in defending the United States-Japan alliance and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific,” it said.

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Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead on July 8 while giving an election speech on a road in the western city of Nara. The murder sent shockwaves inside and outside the country.

In both Tokyo and Seoul, Harris will meet with senior government officials and representatives of civil society in a series of assignments, according to the White House.

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