Arsonist at idol concert says he was imitating the Kyoto Animation arson attack

Originally published on Sora News by Oona McGee

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Japanese laws may need to be strengthened to stop more copycat attacks from occurring.

On 24 March, a man was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to a building in the city of Tokushima, where a Japanese idol group concert was taking place. Today, investigators revealed that the man told them he was aiming to imitate the deadly Kyoto animation arson attack that occurred in 2019.

The suspect, Shigeru Okada, an unemployed 38-year-old resident of Tokushima Prefecture, was accused of trespassing on the site of the Acty Annex building on 14 March, shortly after a local idol group had started

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