Man sets himself on fire near Japan PM’s office: Local media

Man sets himself on fire near Japan PM's office: Local media

TOKYO:   A guy was taken to hospital unconscious after evidently setting himself on fire near the office associated with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida within Tokyo on Wed (Sep 21), nearby media said.

Outlets including TV Asahi and the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said the man pointed out that he was in opposition to plans for a condition funeral for assassinated former prime ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) Shinzo Abe. Law enforcement and the prime minister’s office declined in order to comment on the reports.

A police officer who tried to extinguish the fire seemed to be injured and each were transferred to the hospital, according to TV Asahi.  

Abe was assassinated on Jul eight and his state funeral service is set for Sep 27, with about 6, 000 people from Japan and overseas set to participate.

But resistance to the event has been growing steadily because of revelations after Abe’s killing of links between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the controversial Unification Chapel. The suspect in Abe’s death mentioned the church experienced bankrupted his mother and he felt the former prime minister supported it.

Most of Japanese now oppose the funeral, along with protests planned in the run-up to the ceremony and on the day it can be held, and this has sent current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s support plunging.