An apparent dispute over money resulted in the death by arson of the owner of a hostess bar in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, police said Sunday.
According to police, the bar owner, who has been named as Aimi Nemoto, 27, became embroiled in a dispute over money with her ex-partner, Takeshi Suzuki, 35, Fuji TV reported.
Suzuki is accused of breaking into Nemoto's bar in the early hours of Saturday and setting fire to the property by spraying gasoline. Nemoto died in the blaze and four others were injured, police said.
Suzuki also suffered burns and turned himself in later Saturday. He is currently in hospital. Police said they will charge him with murder after he recovers.
A police investigation revealed that the pair had been involved in a dispute over a loan, according to Fuji TV. Police say they are currently investigating the possibility that the loan was related to other illegal activities.© Japan Today