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Japanese man sets himself on fire to protest former PM Shinzo Abe’s funeral

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A person set himself on hearth close to the Japanese prime minister’s workplace on Wednesday in an obvious protest on the authorities’s resolution to carry a state funeral for former premier Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated on July 8 this yr, media reported.

The person, in his 70s, was unconscious when he was first discovered however later advised police that he had intentionally doused himself in oil, media mentioned. A letter about Abe’s state funeral and the phrases “I strongly oppose it” was discovered close by. He was taken to hospital struggling burns to his total physique, whereas a police officer who tried to extinguish the flames was additionally injured. Police declined to verify the incident, which happened on what would have been Abe’s 68th birthday.

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Pictured: Japanese policeman at a web site the place a person set himself on hearth close to the prime minister’s workplace on Sept. 21, 2022.
(Reuters/TV TOKYO)

The state funeral for Abe, Japan’s longest serving premier, is ready for Sept. 27, with some 6,000 folks from Japan and abroad anticipated to participate.

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Opposition to the occasion has been rising as a result of revelations about Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Occasion’s ties with the controversial Unification Church. The suspect who shot Abe blamed him for supporting the church, which he mentioned had bankrupted his mom.

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