Shinzo Abe funeral: Japanese man ‘sets himself on fire’ to protest slain PM’s state funeral

“I heard that the police found a man who suffered burns near the cabinet office this morning before 7 a.m. and I know the police are investigating,” the chief secretary of the cabinet told reporters on Wednesday. Japanese firm Hirokazu Matsuno.

Police are currently collecting evidence from security cameras and eyewitnesses, TV Asahi said, adding that an officer who tried to put out the fire was injured and taken to hospital.

Shinzo Abe was the Japanese longest serving prime ministerexercising his functions from 2006 to 2007 then from 2012 to 2020 before resigning for health reasons.
He deceased of excessive bleeding in July at the age of 67 after he was shot while giving a public campaign speech.
The news of his assassination echoed through the world and huge crowds gathered in the streets of Tokyo to pay homage to him.

The Japanese government has announced that it will hold a state funeral for Abe on September 27. The ceremony is expected to cost up to $12 million due to high security and reception costs to accommodate foreign dignitaries.

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Opposition to this movement is growing. Some protesters resent what they see as an exorbitant use of public funds for the event, while others point to Abe’s sometimes divisive politics.

State funerals in Japan are usually reserved for members of the imperial family, although the honor was also paid to former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida in 1967.

Despite his victories at the polls, Abe was no stranger to controversy. He has been embroiled in several scandals during his career and has fueled controversy with visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, which includes the names of convicted war criminals and is considered by China, North Korea and South Korea to be a symbol of Japan’s imperial military past.