Yesterday afternoon a Japanese man, apparently in his 60’s, wearing standard salaryman attire, sat on some girders near the busy Shinjuku Station. With a blow horn he announced that he would immolate himself in protest to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial collective self-defense law changes.
(Image from Japan Trends)
According to the blog Japan Trends, he cited government actions to “involve Japan more in war,” droned on for 30 or so minutes protesting Abe and his government and then proceeded to poured several bottle of brown liquid onto himself and eventually making good on his claims by igniting himself. There is a YouTube video of the actual suicide moment. The footage is graphic, so viewer discretion is advised.