Shinzo Abe funeral: Japanese man ‘units himself on fireplace’ in protest of assassinated PM’s state funeral

Tokyo, Japan

A Japanese man in his 70s has been taken to hospital in Tokyo after setting himself on fireplace close to the prime minister’s workplace, in line with Japan’s public broadcaster NHK.

“I have heard that police found a man who had suffered burns near the cabinet office this morning before 7am and I’m aware that police are investigating,” Japan’s Chief Cupboard Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno informed reporters on Wednesday.

The person informed police he was in opposition to plans to carry a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later this month, CNN affiliate TV Asahi reported.

Police at the moment are gathering proof from safety cameras and eye witnesses, TV Asahi stated, including that an officer who tried to extinguish the fireplace had been injured and was taken to hospital.

Shinzo Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, holding workplace from 2006 to 2007 and once more from 2012 to 2020 earlier than resigning attributable to well being causes.

He died from extreme bleeding in July on the age of 67 after being shot whereas giving a public marketing campaign speech.

Information of his assassination reverberated the world over and large crowds gathered on the streets of Tokyo to pay their respects.

The Japanese authorities has introduced it’ll maintain a state funeral for Abe on September 27, with the ceremony projected to value as much as $12 million due to hefty safety and reception charges to host overseas dignitaries.

Opposition to that transfer is rising. Some protesters resent what they see as an exorbitant use of public funds for the occasion, whereas others level to Abe’s sometimes divisive politics.

State funerals in Japan are normally reserved for members of the imperial household, although the glory was additionally afforded to former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida in 1967.

Regardless of his wins on the poll field, Abe was no stranger to controversy. He was concerned in a number of scandals throughout his profession and stoked controversy with visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, that features the names of convicted struggle criminals and is regarded by China, North Korea and South Korea as a logo of Japan’s imperial army previous.