Japan to Require ID Checks on Gas Sales in Containers

Society Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 28 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency decided Monday to require gasoline stations to check customer identification and purpose of purchase when selling gasoline in potable containers, in response to a deadly arson attack on Kyoto Animation Co. in July.

The agency will revise its ordinance and bring in tighter rules in February next year, hoping to prevent future arson attacks carried out by pouring gasoline from containers.

The revised ordinance will also require pump stations to keep records of whom they sell gasoline in containers and check who are purchasers unless they are familiar customers.

Gasoline retailers that ignore the requirements will receive warnings from local fire departments and could face punishment under law.

In July, Kyoto Animation, widely known as KyoAni, was attacked by suspect Shinji Aoba, who allegedly bought gasoline in a container at a gas station, poured the highly inflammable liquid on the floor of KyoAni's No. 1 studio in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward and set light to it.

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