Up to 23 dead and several injured in arson on animation studios in Kyoto, Japan
Witness accounts suggest that the man had a grudge against Kyoto Animation, but police only have said the suspect, who is still hospitalized, is a 41-year-old man from near Tokyo who did not work for the studio.
Police identified the man as Shinji Aoba on Friday, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK. The man told police that he set the fire because he thought “(Kyoto Animation) stole novels,” according to Japanese media. It was unclear if he had ever contacted the studio.
“They are always stealing. It’s their fault,” he told policemen when asked why he set the fire. The man complained that something had been stolen from him.