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Kishida to Meet Leaders of 50 Nations in Funeral Diplomacy

Kishida to Meet Leaders of 50 Nations in Funeral Diplomacy

   Tokyo, Sept. 20 (Jiji Press)--Arrangements are underway for Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to hold talks with leaders of about 50 countries who will attend the Sept. 27 state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
   Kishida is expected to meet the leaders mainly at the State Guest House in Tokyo's Motoakasaka district, or Akasaka Palace, for three days from Monday.
   He apparently hopes to impress the public with the significance of the state funeral as an opportunity for so-called funeral diplomacy as he faces strong public opposition to the event.
   The government "wants to hold as many summit meetings as possible to show people in and outside the country a resolve to inherit the diplomatic assets left by Abe and develop them," Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno told a press conference Tuesday.
   Kishida is planning to hold up to around 20 rounds of talks a day during the three-day period, sources close to the prime minister said.

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