Man arrested in deadly 2019 fire at Japan’s Kyoto Animation

TOKYO: Japanese police on Wednesday (May 27) arrested the man suspected of killing 36 people at Kyoto Animation last July after he had spent 10 …

Man arrested in deadly 2019 fire at Japan’s Kyoto Animation

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TOKYO: Japanese police on Wednesday (May 27) arrested the suspected killing 36 at last July he had spent 10 months recovering two hospitals, reported.

Police had issued an arrest warrant Shinji Aoba at the time of the but had been unable to question him after he suffered serious, self-inflicted burns.

Public broadcaster NHK said that police arrested Aoba at a Kyoto hospital, where he confessed to the crimes, that he was transferred to police headquarters for further questioning.

Police will brief media later on Wednesday, NHK said.

A spokesman at Kyoto Prefectural Police Headquarters said he could confirm the arrest.

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The fire had killed mostly young artists at the studio, shocked animation fans around the world, and prompted tributes world leaders such Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook.

Kyoto Animation is well known in Japan and abroad for its series and movies, including “Violet Evergarden”, which has been on Netflix.

In mid-July last year, police said, Aoba went to the studio, poured fuel around the entrance and shouted “Die!” as he set the building ablaze. After the attack, Aoba told police he had done it because the studio had plagiarized his novel.

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