Ex - Classmate: Suspected Arsonist Was Introverted

Ex-classmate: Suspected arsonist was introverted

A woman who says she is a former junior high school classmate of the suspected arsonist in the deadly anime studio fire in Kyoto has told NHK that Shinji Aoba came across as an introverted student.

The woman said Aoba transferred from another school, had few friends, tended to be absent from school, and did not take part in school excursions or other events.

She added that she had never heard of Aoba getting into trouble at school.

She said she was very surprised and scared that one of her former classmates committed such a crime. She added that she has no idea why Aoba did so, and wants him to tell police everything he did and atone for his crime.