Policemen are seen outside the torched Kyoto Animation building in Kyoto. Photo: REUTERS file
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Police start questioning arson-murder suspect in Kyoto studio attack

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The suspect in a deadly arson attack in July on a Kyoto Animation Co studio has been questioned by police for the first time as he recovers from severe burns, investigative sources said Saturday.

Shinji Aoba basically admitted to perpetrating the attack, in which 36 people died, during the questioning Friday at an Osaka hospital, saying he expected to be given the death sentence, according to the sources.

While the questioning was conducted on a voluntary basis, police have already obtained an arrest warrant for Aoba on suspicion of murder and arson, among other charges.

They will arrest him after doctors determine that he can withstand confinement.

The 41-year-old has recently started rehabilitation after his condition improved to the point where he can sit down.

After undergoing multiple skin grafts, his situation was declared to be no longer life-threatening in early August.

The company's studio in Kyoto's Fushimi Ward, the center of its anime production, was set ablaze July 18 after Aoba allegedly ignited gasoline inside the three-story building, where 70 people were working. The attack also injured 33 people.

Kyoto Animation, often referred to as "KyoAni" by fans at home abroad, is known for works such as "K-On!" and "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya," which depict the everyday lives of high school girls.

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Seems like a waste of time and money to treat his burns.....A spinkle of salt and a splash of pure alcohol every morning, noon and night for the next 50 years would be more appropriate.

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Oh Boy! when I first read this article, I had two thoughts, 1; is why treat him? 2; how much is this costing? but on the other hand he need to be arrested, charged, and he need to go to court to explain him self in front of a jury. I think he need only to be made well enough so he can stand trial. IF he's innocent then he can proceed with further treatment.

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Capital Punishment. He must atone for The 36 he has killed, murdered and their families/friends lost. Unforgivable.

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Police start questioning arson-murder suspect

What is there to question? Nobody, including the perp himself, denies that he committed mass murder.

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Serendipitous, my initial reaction was the same, but he is innocent until proven guilty and even if he is eventually proven guilty I have no problem with his rights being protected and him being subject to due process, if not for him then to ultimately protect the rights of everyone in Japan, once you start down the slippery slope of abrogating the rights of those you dislike, where does it end? Usually with you!

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My first thought was why even question the guy he is totally busted every which way. His admittance and even referring to receiving a death sentence pretty much should seal the deal. However there is a process, in this case will be swift along with the final judgement.

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I think the death penalty for Aoba is not enough, as well as unimaginative. Make him go before endless meetings and conventions of anime fans to explain his wretched self until he dies.

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Even 36 consecutive life sentences or death by hanging is not enough to pay for his gruesome crime. However the family members of the 36 victims who lost their lives plus the 33 persons who survived need to know the reason why they have to undergo these horrendous experience. I think the whole nation is anxious to know too.

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Serendipitous, my initial reaction was the same, but he is innocent until proven guilty and even if he is eventually proven guilty I have no problem with his rights being protected and him being subject to due process, if not for him then to ultimately protect the rights of everyone in Japan, once you start down the slippery slope of abrogating the rights of those you dislike, where does it end? Usually with you!

Absolutely correct. At this time the law / rule of law in Japan is under scrutiny. Due process of law must be followed correctly despite natural instincts.

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The man who commited this atrocious crime must be properly judged by the japanese court.

One of my favourite anime is from Kyoto Animation, Full Metal Panic, I've watched all seasons until now.

Kyoto Animation Ganbatte!

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 my initial reaction was the same, but he is innocent until proven guilty

That's all fine and dandy if the defendant pleads "not guilty," but in this case, he has admitted guilt, with dozens of witnesses to prove his guilt. So then why go through with the charade? Hang him and get it over with.

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There are no exceptions, the wheels of justice must turn even though often its seems like a painful road for those involved especially when the crime will eventually lead to capital punishment.

The doctors and the care staff who have been giving medical treatment for what seems like a survivor with severe burns are not part of the justice system and need to follow their code to give medical treatment to all regardless of who they are.

Complicated case if it ever reaches the court, but if it does maybe, it will be shorter by the guilty plead but the families of the victims will want to know why he killed them and whether he feels any remorse for his horrific crime.

All people regardless of the horrors of their crime must receive the same justice given to all.

By Japanese standards this is likely to be a very long case lasting many years when he could die before any conclusion.

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