Man Dies in Apparent Self-Immolation near Japan Embassy in Seoul


Seoul, July 19 (Jiji Press)--A vehicle caught fire in front of the building that houses the Japanese embassy in Seoul in the early hours of Friday, leaving a man in his 70s dead, according to South Korean police and other sources.

The man was confirmed dead after being taken to hospital due to severe burns, the sources said.

He may have attempted self-immolation in protest against Japan over the issue of wartime labor.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that although a suicide note has not been found, the man told an acquaintance by phone when traveling by car that he would start the fire due to his ill feeling against Japan.

A family member of the man said that the deceased's father-in-law had been requisitioned to work in Japan during World War II, according to the report.

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