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Japan man burns to death in protest

November 12, 2014 5:11 pm

A Japanese man burned himself to death on Tuesday in what appeared to be protest against a shift in military policy, local media said.

The cabinet in July approved a landmark change in security policy allowing the military to fight overseas.

Japan’s post World War Two constitution bars the country from using force in conflicts except for self-defence.

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The incident follows another self-immolation in June, in an apparently similar protest. The man survived.

Police sources told local media that they found a man on fire in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park near parliament and government offices on Tuesday night, after they received an emergency call.

He died after he was taken to hospital.

Local media quoted investigators as saying they considered the case to be suicide and reported that the man left behind a protest note and a video camera. Police declined to confirm such details.

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