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Man sets himself on fire near Japanese Prime Minister’s office: Report

Man sets himself on fire near Japanese Prime Minister's office: Report

According to police, a man was hospitalized after setting himself on fire near the Japanese prime minister’s office.

Tokyo:

A man was taken to hospital unconscious after apparently setting himself on fire near the office of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday, local media said.

Initial details of the Tokyo incident were thin, with police and the prime minister’s office declining to comment.

TV Asahi said the man got out of the car on his own after telling police he opposed plans to hold a state funeral for the assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe.

The broadcaster said a policeman trying to put out the fire was injured in the process.

Kyodo news agency and others said police were called to the scene after reports of a man “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-funded funeral in his honor will be held on July 27. September.

But state funerals are rare in Japan, and the decision has been controversial, with polls showing that about half of the public opposes the idea.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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