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Background: 1. (BUDOKAN) A public funeral for the late Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira, sponsored by the Government and the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party, was held July 9 at the Nippon Budokan Hall. Ohira died of a heart attack June 12.
2. (CARTER CLOSE-UP) Dignitaries from nations all over the world -- including four heads of state, ten prime ministers and other envoys -- attended the memorial service together with Japanese political and business leader, representatives from the arts and thousands of invited guests.
3. (CROWD PRINCE) Leading the prayers for the deceased prime minister were Japan's Crowd Prince and Princess as representatives of the Imperial Family.
Mrs. Shigeko Ohira offered flowers to the memory of her late husband of behalf of the Ohira family.
4. (CARTER; HUA; MARCOS) Among the many dignitaries paying honour to the memory of the Japanese prime minister, and offering condolences to his family, were: U.S. President Jimmy Carter, China's Premier Hua Guofeng and Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos.
While carnations, a flower particularly loved by Ohira, were offered individually by the 6,000 guests in attendance at the memorial service, and by the general public.
5. (DIET BUILDING) Several days after Ohira's funeral, the National Diet Building was the scene of voting to name a new prime minister for Japan. A special sessions of the Diet convened, and as provided by Japan's Constitution, each member of the Diet came forward to cast a ballot in favour of one of the candidates of the post.
When all the votes were in, an official count was taken and the announcement made that veteran parliamentarian Zenko Suzuki would serve as Japan's 70th prime minister.
6. (MEETINGS; CABINET) Prime Minister-elect Suzuki immediately began canvass of the best-qualified political figures to serve in Cabinet posts. Leaders of the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party were consulted, and one-by-one names were selected to fill the vital position of the government.