One-Sided Grudge Suspected behind Kyoto Studio Attack


Kyoto, July 20 (Jiji Press)--Police suspect that the man allegedly responsible for a deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio in the western Japan city of Kyoto may have committed the crime out of his one-sided grudge against the company, investigative sources said Saturday.

According to the police department of Kyoto Prefecture and other sources, the man, Shinji Aoba, 41, allegedly entered the studio in the city's Fushimi Ward from its main entrance on the first floor around 10:30 a.m. Thursday (1:30 a.m. GMT), released gasoline and ignited it with a lighter.

When he was detained on the street some 100 meters from the studio soon after the incident, Aoba, dressed in a red T-shirt, told the police that he released gasoline and lit a fire because the company stole his novel.

According to the website of Kyoto Animation, the company hosts a novel competition and makes prize-winning works into anime.

But Kyoto Animation President Hideaki Hatta told reporters on Saturday that he has never heard of the suspect's name.

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