Man who set himself on fire near Japan's PM office is unconscious - TV Asahi

A man who was protesting a state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set himself on fire near the premier's office, TV Asahi reported on Wednesday. He was unconscious and a police officer who tried to extinguish the fire was also injured and both were transferred to a hospital, according to the report.


Reuters | Updated: 21-09-2022 05:35 IST | Created: 21-09-2022 05:35 IST
Man who set himself on fire near Japan's PM office is unconscious - TV Asahi

A man who was protesting a state funeral for former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set himself on fire near the premier's office, TV Asahi reported on Wednesday.

He was unconscious and a police officer who tried to extinguish the fire was also injured and both were transferred to a hospital, according to the report. Abe was assassinated on July 8 and his state funeral is set for Sept. 27, with some 6,000 people from Japan and overseas set to take part.

But opposition to the event has been growing steadily because of revelations after Abe's killing of links between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the controversial Unification Church. The suspect in Abe's death said the church had bankrupted his mother and he felt the former prime minister supported it. A majority of Japanese now oppose the funeral, with protests planned in the run-up to the ceremony and on the day it will be held, and this has sent current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's support plunging.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Give Feedback