U.S. firm raising funds to aid studio

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A U.S. animation distributor has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support an animation studio in Kyoto hit by a suspected arson attack Thursday.

Sentai Filmworks aims to raise $750,000 in the campaign to help Kyoto Animation Co., announced Thursday on its official Twitter account.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with Kyoto Animation,” Sentai Filmworks, which distributes Kyoto Animation works, said on Twitter. “Help us help our friends at Kyoto Animation.”

As of Friday morning Japan time, the campaign attracted over $1 million in donations.

Embassies show sympathy

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — European embassies in Japan on Friday expressed sympathies on Twitter for the victims of Thursday’s suspected arson attack on a Kyoto animation studio that killed more than 30 people and injured many others.

The German Embassy tweeted in Japanese that the incident was covered in major news programs and newspapers in Germany, adding that it “has shocked many Germans and broken their hearts.”

The Belgium Embassy tweeted in Japanese and English with a drawing of Belgian animation characters weeping, including Tintin from “The Adventures of Tintin,” a popular comic series widely known also in Japan.

“Together with our Belgian animation heroes, we mourn with our Japanese friends and offer our sincere condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those killed in the tragedy,” the embassy said.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, now on a tour of Caribbean countries, tweeted in Japanese that to many Taiwanese, the studio is closely linked to youthful memories. She also expressed her sympathies for the victims and wished speedy recovery to those injured.Speech

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