Several people are still unaccounted for as one of the worst arsons in Japanese history was enacted by a man who poured what appeared to be gasoline around a studio that produces animation, leaving scores dead and injured. The fire swept through the Kyoto Animation studio, in Kyoto City, about 2 1/2 hours outside of Tokyo. Several people were confirmed dead on the scene while others were being treated but not responding. According to sources, up to 30 people are feared dead and injured, as the body count continues to rise. According to public broadcaster NHK which said the police had taken a man into custody, a 41-year old who shouted “Die” as he poured what appeared to be gasoline around the studio. TV footage showed white and black smoke billowing out of the windows of the ochre-hued building on Kyoto Animation.
Our Views: Japan is a relatively peaceful place compared to most of Europe, the US, and countries throughout Africa and South America. Social coheision and social order are two points that stand out to the visitor in this Asian society. However there are some people who, under stress do not suppress their feelings, like 99 percent of this society. Some do not deal with stress, nor do they partake in the various types of stress relief that the Japanese private and public sectors offer – many traditions like the Japanese hot bath, a massive relaxing experience are deeply embedded in Japanese society. Hot Spring vacations are popular and drinking establishments offer affordable booze each night to relieve stress. Again, there is the occasional stressed out person who plays with fire.