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Japan shocked by deadly fire in Kyoto, fans mourn the dead

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In Japan there is a shock reaction to the death of 33 people in an animation studio in Kyoto. Mourning fans gathered Friday at the police station outside the Kyoto Animation building, which had been set on fire the day before.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel,” said a 27-year-old animation fan. He had taken time off from his work in Osaka to come and lay flowers. The man said emotionally that the studio might not be able to deliver the same type of work in the future. “And that is very sad.”

A 23-year-old student stopped at the studio on the way to the university.

“You hear about fatal shootings abroad. But anyone can get hold of gas and that is pretty frightening,” said the twenties, who is a fan of Japanese animation.

Deadly crime

Not all grieving fans at the building come from Japan. The 26-year-old American Blake Henderson said that he heard about the fire during a visit to Kyoto.

“I love Japan very much and this one incident will not change my whole view of the country, but it still hurts.”

The fire is said to be the deadliest crime in Japan in almost twenty years. The alleged arsonist would have said that plagiarism had been committed at work. He poured a flammable liquid into the building and set it on fire. According to Japanese media, the film studio also received threat emails and therefore warned the police.

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