Kyoto animation Arson suspect arrested in Japan – various iety2 min read
Japanese police have arrested Shinji Aoba, a suspect in the arson attack on Kyio Animation last July. He was arrested after becoming a judge after recovering adequately from his own burn injuries in the face of his investigation.
A fire at an animation production studio has killed at least 36 people and injured 33 others.
Aoba was found near the scene and apparently admitted to setting the fire. “There is nothing wrong with that,” police quoted him as saying. It is alleged that the ambassador provided the information to the studio.
In the face of life-threatening conditions for several months, Oba received multiple skin grafts at a hospital in Osaka. He was later transferred to a hospital in nearby Kyoto in November for rehabilitation.
Police had earlier wanted to arrest him in January, but he was very ill. He has now been taken to Kyoto Police Station for questioning.
Police in Saitama, near Tokyo, opened a DVD from the Kyoto animation when they raided Aubar’s home. They also investigated Aoba in 2013 as a source of anonymous threatening messages against the company. The sender is said to have used Tor identity-disguised software.
Despite the tragedy, Kiyoni went ahead with the September release of the studio’s “Violet Evergarden” franchise’s “side story” film “Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll.”
The original “Violet Evergarden: The Movie” was originally set in Japan for the 10,2020s. It was rescheduled for April 24. However, the release was delayed again on that date, as movies around Japan were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Although Japanese movies are now re-opening, no new release dates have yet been set after the state of emergency was lifted.
Most of the victims were women in their twenties and thirties. Kyoto Animation, also known as Kiyoni, gained a reputation as a woman-friendly workplace in most male-dominated industries.
A crowd-funded campaign was launched by US animation distributor Sentai Film Works and raised $ 2 million to help survivors and families of victims quickly. Among the raised contributors was software giant Adobe, which paid 50,000 anonymously. The company later confirmed the contribution, saying: “Kyoto Animation is a hub for the creative community, not just in Japan, but around the world.”