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
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