Japan: Man sets himself on fire in protest of Abe funeral

A Japanese man allegedly set himself on fire to protest a state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July. On September 27, hundreds of foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral. Witnesses reported seeing a man on fire near Tokyo’s prime minister’s office, on Wednesday. Officers extinguished the fire and transported the still-conscious man to the hospital, according to local media. His current condition and the extent of his injuries are ...[Read More]

Japan announces $30 billion in aid for African development

On Saturday, Japan pledged $30 billion in aid for African development, saying it wants to work more closely with the continent as the rules-based international order is under threat as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a Japan-Africa summit in Tunisia that Tokyo would work to ensure grain shipments to Africa in the face of a global shortage. “If we abandon a rules-based society and allow unilateral changes to the status quo by force, the c...[Read More]