Japan man gets death sentence for killing 36 in anime studio arson – NHK


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Japan man gets death sentence for killing 36 in anime studio arson – NHK

KYOTO ANIMATION FIRE. An aerial view shows firefighters battling fires at the site where a man started a fire after spraying a liquid at a three-story studio of Kyoto Animation Co. in Kyoto, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo, July 18, 2019.

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Shinji Aoba, now 45, reportedly held a grudge against Kyoto Animation, believing it had plagiarized his novel, an allegation the company has denied

TOKYO, Japan – A Japanese man was convicted and sentenced to death on Thursday, January 25, for the arson and killing of 36 people at famed anime studio Kyoto Animation in 2019, public broadcaster NHK said.

The deadly attack on the Kyoto-based studio, better known as KyoAni, had sent shockwaves not only through Japan where violent crime is rare, but also overseas given the studio’s far-reaching fan base and the audacity of the crime.

Shinji Aoba, now 45, had set the studio ablaze by dousing the entrance area of the building with gasoline. He also injured 32 people. Aoba himself suffered heavy burns and underwent intensive treatment for nearly a year.

Media have reported that Aoba held a grudge against the studio, known for the series Violet Evergarden and other popular works, believing that it had plagiarized his novel, an allegation that KyoAni has denied.

A pillar of Japanese pop culture, anime has become a major cultural export, winning fans around the world.

The incident prompted condolences from world leaders and business executives such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook.

Japan and the United States are the only Group of Seven (G7) nations that carry out capital punishment. – Rappler.com

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