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Prime Minister Abe attends GSDF crash victims funeral

Date Posted: 2007-04-20

Japanís Prime Minister joined nearly 1,100 mourners Sunday to honor four Ground Self Defense Force men killed during a humanitarian mission last month.

Shinzo Abe attended the funeral for the four helicopter crewmen at the Air Self Defense Force base in Naha. The men died when their helicopter crashed in bad weather while on a medical airlift mission.

Officials say it was the first time any Prime Mnister had attended a Self Defense Force funeral.

Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma joined Abe at the funeral, during which the two presented a floral wreath in honor of the four crewmen.

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