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Suspected Arsonist In Japanese Animation Studio Fire Reportedly Had Criminal Record

Police officials said Shinji Aoba, a 41-year-old from Saitama City near Tokyo, spent three and a half years in prison for robbing a convenience store in 2012.

The man suspected of causing a fatal fire at an animation studio in Kyoto, Japan, that killed 33 and injured more than 30 others on Thursday, had a criminal record, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

The cited unnamed police officials who said Shinji Aoba, a 41-year-old from Saitama City near Tokyo,

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