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Abe Funeral: Japanese Man Sets Himself On Fire

(BBC) A Japanese man reportedly set himself on fire to protest the ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe's state funeral after his July assassination.

On September 27, hundreds of foreign dignitaries are anticipated at the burial.

After witnessing a man on fire Wednesday near Tokyo’s prime minister’s office, witnesses phoned the police.

According to local media, police put out the fire and rushed the still-alive victim to the hospital.

His injuries’ severity and present state are unclear. The man is reportedly in his 70s, according to Japanese media reports.

The government has not yet responded to the demonstration. Polls indicate that the majority of voters are displeased with the expense, although popular resistance to holding the state funeral has grown in recent months.

Abe was shot dead on 8 July, aged 67, at a campaign rally for his political party. The killing of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister was condemned internationally and shocked Japan, a country with a minimal record of political violence and gun crime.

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