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Man arrested over 8 arson cases

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Police in Higashi-Osaka said Saturday they have arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of arson and destruction of property after he allegedly set eight fires in succession early Friday.

According to police, Teruyuki Hatakeyama, a civil engineer who lives in the neighborhood, set fire to motorbikes, bicycles, an electric wheelchair and a mail box outside apartment buildings within a 500-meter radius in Higashishikiricho between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. Friday, Fuji TV reported.

Police said Hatakeyama, who was identified through street surveillance camera footage, has admitted to the charge.

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Hatakeyama sounds like a flaming nuisance.

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