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Man sets himself on fire outside Japanese Prime Minister’s office to protest state funeral of slain Shinzo Abe

Man sets himself on fire outside Japanese Prime Minister’s office to protest state funeral of slain Shinzo Abe

An elderly man set himself on fire Wednesday morning in Tokyo after speaking out against the state funeral of slain former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

The government said a burnt individual was found near the Japanese prime minister’s office.

“We know that a burnt man was found by a policeman at 7 a.m. (2200 GMT) this morning at an intersection under the cabinet office,” government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said.

Man sets himself on fire outside Japanese Prime Minister’s office to protest state funeral of slain Shinzo Abe

A Tokyo Fire Department official confirmed a man set himself on fire on the street in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki government district and was alive when taken to hospital by ambulance, but said declined to give further details, including the man’s identity, motive or condition. citing the sensitivity of what was a police matter.

Local media said the man had been taken to hospital and was conscious.
TV Asahi said he told police he opposed the planned ceremony for Abe.

According to the television channel, a policeman who was trying to put out the fire was injured in the action.

The Jiji news agency said handwritten notes found near the man said he was “firmly opposed” to the state funeral.

The man is believed to be 70 and told police he doused himself in oil.

By mid-morning, the only sign of the incident was a burnt area of ​​grass and bushes, with police and media nearby.

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead on July 8 while campaigning, and a state-funded public funeral in his honor will be held on September 27.

Man sets himself on fire outside Japanese Prime Minister’s office to protest state funeral of slain Shinzo Abe

A family funeral for Abe was held at a Buddhist temple in July. The state funeral is scheduled for next Tuesday at the Budokan martial arts arena in Tokyo.

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