Protesters in Tokyo protest against Abe's state funeral . Abe was assassinated in July .
Hundreds of protesters screamed slogans and waved banners in a Tokyo park on Friday, demanding the reversal of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abes state funeral.Abes' actions favored war, according to demonstrator Mayumi Ishida, who said that Abe continued to increase defense spending.Ishida said he was concerned that Abes' speech brought him back to the days of Japan's militarism during World War II, as he believed he saw it as a step back in time.Abe, who was assassinated in July, was Japan's longest serving leader and one of the country's most turbulent leaders in the postwar period due to his revisionist conception of wartime history, support for a stronger military, and what critics describe as an autocratic strategy and cronyism.According to social media posts linked to the assassination of Abe, he blamed the church for ruining his life, and police say he targeted Abe because of his links to the organization.The government's proposal for his state funeral on Tuesday has sparked public dissatisfaction with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has ruled Japan for almost the entire postwar period.Protests and marches opposing the state funeral have been raging around the country, drawing hundreds of protesters.Earlier this week, a man set himself on fire by the prime minister's home in what was described as a suicide attempt in defiance of the funeral. We want to show where we stand, she said, noting that dictators were invited to the state funeral.We aren't going to forgive Abe just because he's gone.Since the late Middle Ages, state funerals have been exclusively reserved for the emperor.The Cabinet made the decision to hold a one-day assembly for Abe, but it did not receive parliamentary approval. The public tab for the funeral is about 1.7 billion yen ($12 million), but experts point to additional costs such as security.At the friday rally, police were out in droves.Some politicians have announced that they would not attend the funeral, including ruling party lawmaker Seiichiro Murakami, a former minister, who said it would not gain public support.Abes' state funeral has drawn many parallels to the recent state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom, according to a coincidence. I feel the British culture following this, and people love a royal family, he said.He isn't a king.