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Opposing state funeral to Abe, man sets himself afire near Japan PM office

Local television station said a police officer who tried to extinguish the fire was injured in the process. Read More

Wednesday September 21, 2022 9:15 AM, Arul Louis, IANS

Opposing state funeral to Abe, man sets himself afire near Japan PM office

Tokyo: A man, reportedly angered over state funeral to Shinzo Abe, was taken to hospital unconscious after apparently setting himself on fire near the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday, local media said.

Initial details about the incident in Tokyo were slim, and the police and prime minister’s office declined to comment, AFP reported.

TV Asahi said the man set himself alight after telling police he was opposed to plans for a state funeral for assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Police officer injured too

The television station said a police officer who tried to extinguish the fire was injured in the process.

 

Kyodo news agency and other outlets said police were called to the scene after reports a man was “engulfed in flames.”

It said a note was found near the man, expressing his opposition to the funeral.

 

Police officials said the man later recovered consciousness and told the police that he poured oil over himself and set fire.

Japanese opposition to state funeral

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead on July 8 while campaigning, and a publicly funded state funeral honoring him will be held on September 27.

But state funerals are rare in Japan, and the decision has been controversial, with polls showing about half the public is opposed to the idea.

The assassination prompted shock and international condemnation, but a decision by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to authorize a state funeral has proved contentious.

 

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