Tomorrow, the country will observe a state of mourning as a mark of respect to the longest served late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The day of mourning was declared by the Home Affairs Ministry as the slain leader will be laid to rest tomorrow.
Tomorrow's mourning day will not affect the functions of the state sector and it will not be considered as a government holiday.
The Home Affairs ministry informed all state institutions to fly the National flag at half mast.
The former Japanese Premier had played a major role in strengthening ties between the two nations.
The body of slain Shinzo Abe was brought to his home city Tokyo on Saturday (10), the day after he was shot and fatally wounded by a gunman and succumbed to his injuries during a campaign where he was delivering a speech in the western Japanese city of Nara. Japanese media reported that a night vigil is to be held on today, before the funeral tomorrow. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)