Japan: Man sets himself on fire to protest Abe’s state funeral, media say

Japan: Man sets himself on fire to protest Abe’s state funeral, media say

TOKYO (Reuters) – A man set himself on fire near the Japanese Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo, apparently in protest at the state funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which is due to take place this month, Japanese media reported on Wednesday.

According to media reports, the man, around 70, was unconscious when he was discovered but later told authorities he deliberately doused himself in petrol. He was taken to the hospital.

A letter for the former Japanese prime minister’s state funeral was found at the scene, which read: “I am strongly opposed”.

A police officer trying to douse the flames was also injured.

The police have not confirmed the incident.

Shinzo Abe was shot dead by an assailant at a campaign rally in July, and his state funeral is scheduled for September 27.

The majority of Japanese are opposed to this funeral and demonstrations are expected in the days leading up to the ceremony.

The Japanese government estimates the cost of the ceremony at 1.65 billion yen (1.15 billion euros).

(Report by Mariko Katsumura, Kaori Kaneko and Elaine Lies; Version française by Camille Raynaud)

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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