Mourners continue to visit arson site
NHK -- Aug 19
Anime fans from around the world continue to visit Kyoto to mourn the victims of the arson attack on a famous animation studio one month ago.

Thirty-five people were killed and 34 others were injured after a man spread gasoline and set fire to the studio of Kyoto Animation.

Police say eight people are still in hospital, and three of them are in critical condition.

The company says it has received donations worth about 18.8 million dollars.

The suspect, Shinji Aoba, suffered severe burns. Police took him into custody near the site. They are still unable to interrogate him due to his medical condition.

Immediately after the attack, Aoba said he targeted the studio because it had stolen his novel. The studio says his entry in a writing competition was eliminated in the first round of screenings. It says there are no similarities between the piece and any of the studio's own releases.

Police are now analyzing data from Aoba's tablet and smartphone in an effort to gain more information on his claim.

35人が犠牲になった京都アニメーションの放火殺人事件から18日で1カ月です。犠牲者の遺族が改めて取材に応じ、「夢も希望もない」と語りました。 7月18日、京都アニメーションの第1スタジオで起きた放火殺人事件では35人が亡くなりました。現場近くに設けられた献花台には、犠牲者を悼んで朝から多くの人が訪れています。 献花に来た人:「本社の近くに住んでいて、(アニメに)街の風景とかも出てくるので、そこを通るたびにつらい気持ちになる」 また、事件で亡くなった津田幸恵さんの遺族が取材に応じました。 津田幸恵さんの父・津田伸一さん:「亡くなってしまったという虚無感というか。夢も希望もない。もうどうしようもない」 警察によりますと、逮捕状が出ている青葉真司容疑者(41)について、過去に同姓同名の人物から京都アニメーションに「学園もの」などをテーマにした小説の応募が複数回あったことが新たに分かりました。青葉容疑者は今も重篤な状態が続いていて、話を聞けるまでには数カ月以上はかかる見通しだということです。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
Sep 16
A Japanese government survey shows the number of people aged 65 or older, and their proportion to the overall population, have both marked record highs. (NHK)
Sep 16
Life for many people in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, has been worsening since a typhoon caused massive power outages there a week ago. (NHK)
Sep 15
A survey shows that Japan's public spending on education as a percentage of GDP was the lowest among OECD countries. (NHK)
Sep 15
Two octopuses predicted Friday that Japan will not advance to the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup, which opens next week. (Japan Times)
Sep 15
Police in Japan have arrested a 40-year-old man suspected of firing an air gun in an apparent road rage incident earlier this month. (NHK)
Sep 15
Almost 70 percent of married women in Japan believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized in the country, a government survey of around 6,000 married women showed Friday. (Kyodo)
Sep 13
Yahoo Japan's acquisition of online fashion retailer Zozo presents an opportunity for the venerable internet services company to bring fresh blood into its e-commerce audience as the business looks to step outside the shadow of Amazon.com and Rakuten. (Nikkei)
Sep 13
A luxury hotel in central Tokyo much loved by visitors for its classic Japanese ambience reopened Thursday after four years of renovations. (Japan Today)
Sep 12
Nearly seven years in office, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is betting that his handpicked ministers and ruling party lawmakers will give him a firmer -- and possibly longer -- grip on power. (Japan Today)
Sep 12
Japan remains the second most-represented country behind the United States in a list of the world's top 1,400 universities, but trails other countries in hosting elite institutions with only two listed in the top 200, a global survey showed Wednesday. (Kyodo)