At the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which will be held on the 27th, among the boards of education of 47 prefectures and 20 ordinance-designated cities, Abe’s hometown of Yamaguchi will ask public schools and other educational institutions to cooperate in raising flags to half-mast. In the prefecture alone, it was found that nearly 90% of the 60 boards of education did not request it. I responded to the interview of Kyodo News until the 23rd. Six boards of education have yet to be decided. In addition, three boards of education hoisted flags at half-mast at museums and other facilities under their jurisdiction.
The government has indicated that it will not seek the cooperation of local governments and boards of education in expressing condolences. The Fundamental Law of Education prohibits schools from participating in political activities, such as supporting a particular political party, and many boards of education appear to have been cautious about expressing condolences.