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Man questioned over series of arson cases in Tokyo’s Kita and Adachi wards

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Police in Tokyo say that a 41-year-old man under arrest on suspicion of setting fire to a motorcycle seat cover in Kita Ward may also be involved in a string of at least 18 arson cases in Kita and Adachi wards.

The suspect, Koji Kimura, was arrested Tuesday on charges of causing damage to property after allegedly setting a motorcycle and other objects on fire on Feb 19. Fuji TV reported that Kimura, who is currently unemployed and has no registered residence, has admitted to the charge.

Police believe Kimura may also be responsible for 18 suspicious fires that occurred in Kita and Adachi wards from February 6 to 19. Kimura was quoted as saying, “I've been drunk a lot recently and can’t clearly recall the details, but I’m certain that I caused more than 10 fires in that vicinity.”

Kimura was arrested after multiple street surveillance cameras showed him riding a bicycle in the areas where the fires occurred.

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nutcase. put him away for 16 years, one for every fire he started, then an additional 2 years for the rest. someone could have been killed

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put him away? and feed him and give him a roof over his shoulder over taxpayer's expense? I say put him away for good.

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Police believe Kimura may also be responsible for 18 suspicious fires that occurred in Kita and Adachi wards from February 6 to 19.

What a damned firebug! Make him pay for his sins.

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When I made a fire at our house when I was 5yrs, my mother lit a box of matches and burnt my fingers. At 8, when I smoked a ciggerette, she stuffed my mouth full of 20 cigerretes and lit them. I never use BBQs and hate smokers.

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@Goodlucktoyou

I think your mother rather "over-reacted"... (but then I and my brothers were brought up a little "differently" - not that we ever set fire to anything - other than logs in the fireplace or a bonfire...)

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Mental problem, didn't kill anyone from the story a motorbike seat was his undoing a plead for help rather than an intent to kill 16 years jail would seem excessive as beating to death a part time worker is a suspended sentence or stealing 10¥ from a pond is a year in jail. Jail time perhaps might be more appropriate for those around him. But then we will never walk in his shoes so who knows!

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