A man in his 70s set himself on fire near the prime minister’s residence in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday morning (21st), protesting the government’s state funeral for assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which was also his birthday Abe.
The Tokyo Fire Department said that at around 6:50 local time, a man set himself on fire near the prime minister’s residence in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, causing burns all over his body. Japanese media reported that the self-confessed man initially lost consciousness, but later regained consciousness and admitted to pouring gasoline on himself to set him on fire. Police found a letter at the scene about Abe’s state funeral, with the words “I strongly disagree.”
Abe was shot and killed in Nara on July 8 this year when he was helping members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. The suspect, Toru Yamagami, admitted that he was angry and murderous against Abe because of his connection with the Uniting Church. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida decided to hold a state funeral for Abe next Tuesday (27th), which has drawn a lot of criticism.