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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took to Twitter to express his horror. “It’s so dre

adful that I’m lost for words,” he wrote. “I pray for those who passed away.”

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Kyoto Animation’s president, Hideaki Hatta, told reporters “there have been emails with death threats”, without givin

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“It’s unbearable that those who have led Japan’s animation industry were hurt and lost their lives,” Hatta said.

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orks that the man admitted spreading gasoline and setting a fire with a ligh

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as an animation and comic book production studio, and its hits include Lucky Star. Th

e company does not have a major presence outside Japan, though it was hired fo

r secondary animation work on a 1998 Pokemon feature and a Winnie the Pooh video seen abroad.

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