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Man arrested for arson after setting fire to bamboo blinds at home


Police in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of arson after he set fire to the bamboo blinds of a private residence.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 6:05 p.m. on Oct 22. Police said the suspect, whose name has not been released, has admitted to the charge, Sankei Shimbun reported. The man, who is a part-time worker, was quoted as saying, “I did it because I was experiencing stress with work-related relationships.”

The suspect is accused of setting fire to the bamboo blinds on a first-floor window (measuring about 45 centimeters long and one meter wide) with a lighter. The house belongs to a 56-year-old company employee who does not know the suspect. The owner’s adoptive father, 78, discovered the blinds burning and put out the flames using water from the bathtub.

The suspect was identified through surveillance footage taken from the crime scene.

Police said there have been three other suspicious fires in the same area, where bamboo blinds and outdoor units of homes were set on fire. Police are questioning the suspect about his involvement in those arson cases, as well.

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The owner’s adoptive father, 78, discovered the blinds burning and put out the flames using water from the bathtub.

Beyond everyone's employment status, what on earth does the owner having been adopted have anything whatsoever to do with this story?

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His father was adoptive ?

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“I did it because I was experiencing stress with work-related relationships.” I predict an outbreak of fires nationwide...

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What a flipping nutcase! He could have killed everybody in the house because he was peeved! Japan seems to breed so many of these flipping nutters!

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Soon we will have a new law that you need to show ID and state a purpose before purchasing bamboo.

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I feel like too much useless information (the measurements of the blinds, the age of the unknown company employee, the fact that the suspect was adopted, where his adoptive father got the water from) was put into this article, but the suspect's name? Nope! We're gonna withhold that information!

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I feel like too much useless information

You should look at it the other way round. Why does the author thought the information was relevant ? It will let imagine a lot of interesting things about the author and/or what author thought of the readers.

The measurement of the blinds : it was not a door windows one - the perpetrator didn't go to the garden (trepassing, increase liability of the perpetrator ?) neither was the door window easy to access (perhaps it will increase liability of victim ?).

The age of the company employee : wide age gap increase the chance than she effectively didn't know him so no revenge (increase in liability of the victim ?) .

The age of the father : as an older, he should be considered as possible more dangerous (vulnerability of the resident - increase in perpetrator liability ?).

The fact than the company employee was adopted : small age gap between the daughter and father and young parenthood (badly seen ? - bad person ? - increase in liability of the victim ?).

Where the water come from : the bath was ready so 1-increase of the risk if the resident was in the bath then didn't notice the fire and could not escape ; 2- humiliation risk + illness risk as the resident could have to run out naked ; 3- the father was not slacking of and the family share responsability : the daughter win the income, the father take care of the house (increase of perpetrator liability ?).

You can also imagine a lot of other stuff obviously.

It is most likely just gossip feeding.

The name is not more interesting. If you know the guy, you should be able to hear of the story without newspaper report, perhaps even through the Police.

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