Police arrested the suspect in Kyoto Animation’s Studio 1 building fire incident under suspicion of arson and murder at a hospital in Kyoto on May 27, 2020. Authorities then transferred him to Fushimi Police Station for questioning. The 42-year-old unemployed man from Minuma, Saitama reportedly admitted to the charges and said, “I thought I’d be able to kill many people if I used gasoline.”
Kyoto Animation issued a statement on the arrest. The studio had “nothing to say” to the man and added that “actions and their results are everything.” The studio explained, “No matter what excuse the suspect could give for his actions, no matter what kind of words of remorse for the results he could state, there is no bringing back our colleagues whose lives were snatched away, and no healing for our injured colleagues.” The statement continued by saying that the families and friends of the victims “must face an irreversible reality, and we are doing the same.” Kyoto Animation believes that the police will pursue the criminal liability of the suspect to the maximum extent in accordance with the law.
After consulting with several doctors, police had decided to wait until the man had sufficiently recovered from his injuries to be able to participate in an investigation before arresting him.
A court approved detention of the suspect, and authorities transferred him to Osaka Detention Center, which has doctors permanently on staff. Police plan to consider the suspect’s physical condition as they continue their investigation with him housed at the detention center.