Japanese man sets himself on fire to protest Shinzo Abe's state funeral

21 September, 2022
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Japanese man sets himself on fire to protest Shinzo Abe's state funeral

Japanese media reported that a man who was apparently protesting against the government's decision to hold a state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set himself on fire near the Prime Minister's office on Wednesday.


The man was taken to hospital with burns all over his body, while a police officer was injured trying to put out the fire.


Media said the man, who is in his 70s, was unconscious when he was found, but later told police that he had intentionally poured fuel on himself. A letter about Abe's state funeral was found nearby, with the words: "I strongly oppose it."


Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, was assassinated on July 8 during an election campaign. His state funeral is scheduled for September 27, and about 6,000 people from Japan and abroad are expected to attend.


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