One Month On, Support for Arson-Hit KyoAni Spreading


Kyoto, Aug. 17 (Jiji Press)--About a month after the deadly arson attack, the circle of support for Kyoto Animation Co. has spread to individuals and businesses from within and outside of Japan, with many offering words of encouragement and donations to the company.

Sunday marks one month after the July 18 attack on the company's No. 1 studio in the western Japan city of Kyoto, which left 35 people dead and dozens of others injured.

On Saturday, many fans flocked to an altar for flowers near the site, which was set up again on Friday after being temporarily removed due to an approaching typhoon.

According to a lawyer representing the company, a total of some 1,968 million yen was deposited as of Tuesday to a dedicated account set up by Kyoto Animation, known as KyoAni, for donations.

The sum is composed of deposits from individuals, as well as donations collected by other companies and groups, including 249 million yen gathered at Tokyo-based anime-related goods retailer Animate's 119 outlets located both inside and outside of the country.

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