• Kyodo


A Hiroshima maid cafe that burned down last Thursday, killing three people, had defied five warnings from authorities to conduct anti-disaster drills, it has been learned.

The Kuroneko (Black Cat) Maid Cafe, occupying the first and second floors of a building in a busy entertainment district in Hiroshima’s Naka Ward, had been inspected by fire authorities on three occasions in 2007 and twice more in 2011. It was equipped with a fire alarm, a fire extinguisher and a guiding light, but it had never conducted drills, according to the city’s fire department.

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