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Alleged Japan Arsonist: 'They Ripped Me Off' - Page 2

Witness overhears his complaint to police as death toll rises to 33
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2019 11:16 AM CDT

  • Knives: Police also found a backpack of knives, apparently belonging to the suspect, reports CNN. Because of his burn injuries, police do not expect to be able to question him on Thursday.
  • The studio: Known as KyoAni, the studio is well-known in Japan but doesn't have a large presence outside it. One of its biggest hits is the K-On! franchise, which centers around a band formed by high school girls, reports the Guardian. A 2016 film, A Silent Voice, was praised by critics for its treatment of childhood suicide. CNN notes that the studio's Violet Evergarden was picked up by Netflix last year.
  • The victims: Most were apparently employees of the studio. Twenty of the fatalities were found on the third floor or on the stairs to the roof, suggesting they were trying to escape, says a Kyoto fire official. It appears the fire was set near the building's front door, making it impossible to exit from there.
  • Rarity: Arson is rare in Japan, and the New York Times reports that the tragedy has triggered a wide outpouring of support, most notably through the hashtag #prayforKyoAni.
(The fire comes about a month after an attack on schoolgirls in Japan.)

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