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A man set himself on fire near the Japanese Prime Minister’s office on Wednesday in an apparent protest against the government’s decision to hold a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was murdered on July 8 this year, media reported.
The 70-year-old man was unconscious when first found but later told police he had deliberately doused himself with oil, media said. A letter about Abe’s state funeral and the words “I strongly oppose it” was found nearby. He was taken to hospital with burns all over his body as a policeman tried to extinguish flames was also injured. Police have declined to confirm the incident, which took place on what would have been Abe’s 68th birthday.
The state funeral of Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is scheduled for September 29. 27, with some 6,000 people from japan and abroad should participate.
Opposition to the event has grown due to revelations about Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s ties to the controversial Unification Church. The suspect who shot Abe blamed him for supporting the church, which he said bankrupted his mother.