Ceremony and controversy await Harris during visit to Asia

FILE - Vice President Kamala Harris waits outside the Vice President's official residence Sept. 16, 2022, in Washington. Harris is leading a U.S. delegation to Tokyo for the funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON — Attending funerals on behalf of the United States is normally a straightforward assignment for a vice president, but Kamala Harris will confront controversy at nearly every turn as she visits Asia for the memorial honoring former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.