Date: September 20, 2022
“On Wednesday, witnesses called police after spotting a man on fire near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo.
Officers put out the blaze, and took the still-conscious man to hospital, local media reported.
The extent of his injuries and his current condition is unknown. Japanese media reports say the man is believed to be in his 70s.
The government is yet to comment on the protest. But public opposition to the holding of the state funeral has intensified in recent months, with polls showing a majority of voters unhappy with the expenditure.
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.”