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Man Sets Himself On Fire Near Japan PM’s Office

Picture: Prime Minister's Office of Japan

A man sets himself on fire near Japan PM’s office. He was taken to the hospital unconscious after apparently setting himself on fire. The incident happens near the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday, local media said.

Initial details about the incident in Tokyo were slim, and the police and prime minister’s office declined to comment.

Also, TV Asahi said the man sets himself alight. After, telling police he was opposed to plans for a state funeral. Moreover, it is for the funeral of assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

Additionally, the television station said a police officer who tried to extinguish the fire was injured in the process.

Kyodo news agency and other outlets said police were called to the scene after reports a man was “engulfed in flames”.

It said a note was found near the man, expressing his opposition to the funeral.

Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was shot dead on July 8 while campaigning and a publicly funded state funeral honoring him will be held on September 27.

But state funerals are rare in Japan, and the decision has been controversial, with polls showing about half the public is opposed to the idea.

Sources: AFP

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