Japanese Government Tightens Gasoline Sales After Kyoto Animation Incident

There was some encouraging news regarding Kyoto Animation last week. The anime production company announced that more than 80 percent of the employees injured in the arson attack on the company's animation studio in July had returned to work. The death of the injured earlier this month brought the death toll for the incident up to 36.While the arsonist had not been officially arrested or questioned (as a result of not having been medically cleared to be discharged from hospital), based on security records, investigators believe he filled two 20 liter cylinder with petrol at a gas station on the morning of the attack. Then loaded it on the wagon he pushed into the Kyoto Animation studio and spread around the building's lobby to accelerate the flames. The use of an accelerant is considered a major factor in the high mortality rate, as the building itself has met all the necessary fire codes, and the Japanese government is now planning to install stricter regulations for gasoline purchases. The National Fire and Disaster Management Agency, a division of Japan's Ministry of Home Affairs and Communications, said it plans to enact new laws that would require customers who buy gasoline to put it in containers (i.e. gasoline that is not pumped directly into cars or motorbikes. ) to show a valid ID and state its intended purpose. These regulations were proposed by the Kyoto metropolitan government not long after the Kyoto Animation arson attacks. However, the Kyoto metropolitan government only asked local gas stations to follow the new protocol, and customers were still free to refuse to show their ID or state their destination. The new law is expected to take effect in February next year. Also read: A mother-and-mother slaps her child playing a bicycle in front of a speeding car Source: SoraNews24 Rio Crisel Akay A man with a hobby of ngewibu and craving for Japanese events (Instagram @crisel_kun)