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A man set himself on fire near the Japanese prime minister’s office on Wednesday in an apparent protest over the government’s decision to hold a state funeral for former prime minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated on July 8 this year, they said. the media.
The man, in his 70s, was unconscious when he was first found but later told police he had deliberately doused himself with oil, media said. Nearby was a letter about Abe’s state funeral and the words “I strongly object.” He was taken to hospital with burns all over his body, while a policeman who was trying to extinguish the flames was also injured. Police refused to confirm the incident, which took place on what would have been Abe’s 68th birthday.
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The state funeral for Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is scheduled for September 27, with some 6,000 people from Japan and abroad expected to attend.
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Opposition to the event has been growing 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 had bankrupted his mother.