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In apparent protest of Shinzo Abe’s public funeral, a Japanese man sets himself on fire.

According to media reports, a man set himself on fire near the Japanese prime minister’s office on Wednesday in apparent protest of the government’s plan to perform a public burial for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was slain earlier this year.

The man was rushed to the hospital with burns all over his body, and a police officer who attempted to extinguish the flames was also injured.The man, in his 70s, was found unconscious but subsequently told authorities that he had purposely soaked himself in oil, according to media reports. A note concerning Abe’s state funeral was discovered nearby, along with the words “I vehemently oppose it.”

The incident, which occurred on what would have been Abe’s 68th birthday, was not confirmed by police.”I’ve heard that police found a man with burns near government premises, and I’m aware that police are investigating,” Hirokazu Matsuno, chief cabinet secretary, said at a news conference.

On July 8, Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was gunned down during a campaign event, alleging ill health. His official funeral is scheduled for September 27, with 6,000 guests from Japan and around the world expected to attend.

Following Abe’s assassination, allegations of linkages between the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), of which he was a powerful member, and the controversial Unification Church fueled opposition to the event. The suspect in Abe’s killing has claimed that the church bankrupted his mother and that the former prime minister helped him.

Links to the Unification Church, which was founded in South Korea in the 1950s, have been a major issue for current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and the LDP since they emerged following Abe’s assassination. According to a study conducted earlier this month by the LDP, nearly half of the 379 LDP MPs had some type of engagement with the church.

The public was narrowly in favour of a state funeral when it was announced immediately after Abe’s death, but mood has since altered dramatically.Numerous polls suggest that a majority of Japanese people now oppose the event, contributing to Kishida’s support dropping.

A poll published over the weekend by the Mainichi Daily found his support at 29%, down six percentage points from late August — a number that observers believe makes it difficult for a prime minister to carry out his plan.

According to the Mainichi, LDP support has dropped 6 percentage points to 23%.Kishida has repeatedly defended his decision, but a large majority of people remain unconvinced, questioning the need for such an extravagant celebration at a time of increased economic hardship for regular folks.

Security and receptions are included in the latest government cost estimate of 1.65 billion yen ($12 million).In 2014, two individuals set themselves on fire in separate events in protest of Abe’s administration’s turn away from postwar pacifism. One of the men was killed.