Newspapers, including one reporting on the July 2019 deadly arson attack on a studio of Kyoto Animation Co., have been found at a home where the suspect in Friday’s arson attack on a building in the city of Osaka, western Japan, was believed to have been living, investigative sources said Tuesday.
Doctor Takahiro Ueda made all-out efforts to save the life of the suspect of a deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co. studio in 2019, as he hoped to help uncover the truth behind the crime. “All I was thinking about was to save his life,” Ueda, 49, said in an interview with Jiji Press.
The Kyoto District Public Prosecutors Office accused the suspect, aged 42, of murder and other charges, after judging that he was criminally liable at the time of the attack, from the results of a psychiatric diagnosis of him that was conducted over a half year.
Prosecutors in Kyoto said on Friday that the suspect’s psychiatric analysis ended after about six months. Sources say the prosecutors have determined through the analysis that the suspect is mentally competent to be held criminally liable for the attack.