• Jiji


Doctor Takahiro Ueda has 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 a recent interview a year after the arrest of Shinji Aoba, 43, who himself suffered critical burns to his entire body in the alleged attack on the No. 1 studio of the company, better known by anime fans as KyoAni, in Kyoto’s Fushimi Ward on July 18, 2019.

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