Japan man sets himself on fire in protest of Abe funeral

Japan man sets himself on fire in protest of Abe funeral
Police and firefighters inspect the scene in Tokyo where a man set himself on fire KYODO

A Japanese man has set themselves alight reportedly to protest a state funeral service for ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had been assassinated in Come july 1st.

Hundreds of foreign dignitaries are expected to go to the funeral upon 27 September.

Upon Wednesday, witnesses known as police after spotting a man on fire near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo.

Officers put out the blaze, and took the still-conscious man to hospital, local press reported.

The particular extent of their injuries and his current condition is unknown. Japanese media reports say the man is certainly believed to be in his 70s.

The government is yet to discuss the protest. But public opposition towards the holding of the state funeral has intensified in recent months, with forms showing a majority of voters unhappy with the costs.

Abe was photo dead on eight July, aged 67, at a campaign rally for his politics party. The eliminating of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister has been condemned internationally and shocked Japan, a country with a minimal record of political violence and gun crime.

Yet state funerals are not an established practice within Japan, and protesters say they resent the use of public money on the event which is projected to cost about 1 . 65bn yen (£10. 1m; $11. 4m).

Among the country’s main resistance parties, the Constitutional Democratic Party, has additionally said its congress won’t participate in next week’s ceremony.

Law enforcement are yet to verify details of the demonstration on Tuesday, yet local media documented the man had voiced his opposition to the funeral to a nearby officer before establishing himself alight.

Handwritten notes were also found around your pet expressing the same information, local media reported.

Criticism of the condition funeral has also increased as more politicians in Japan’s parliament have already been found to have cable connections with a controversial chapel.

The man charged with killing Abe said he had targeted the former prime ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) for his cable connections to the Unification Church, which he said had bankrupted their family.

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