Police in Tokyo have arrested a 22-year-old unemployed man from Hino City on suspicion of setting fire to six houses that were being newly built in Tama in September.
All the fires took place within a 1.5-kilometer area between Sept 12 and Sept 21. Despite night patrols by police in areas where new houses were being built in Tama, the arsonist eluded them.
NTV reported Monday that police found security camera footage of the suspect, Satoshi Kasuya, filling plastic containers up at a gas station nearly one hour before the first fire was reported. The charred remainders of similar containers were found at the sites of the fires.
Police said Kasuya has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he started the fires because he was irritated, NTV reported.© Japan Today