Kyoto Animation rebuilds after deadly 2019 arson attack

OSAKA — Kyoto Animation, which saw at least 36 employees killed in a devastating arson attack in July 2019, has been gradually coming back to life.

The Japanese studio, affectionately known as “KyoAni,” has long been a fixture in the anime world and is known internationally for its richly detailed slice-of-life stories.

About 40% of its staffers were killed or injured in the attack, forcing the studio to temporarily suspend its training program and new hires. But the studio resumed activities in autumn last year while continuing production of new films.

An enrollment ceremony for the studio’s training program was

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Kyoto and Fukuoka set to reopen as Japan relaxes virus alert

TOKYO — Japan will consider lifting its state of emergency for five prefectures previously designated as potential hot spots for coronavirus outbreaks, including popular tourist destination Kyoto, but Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido will remain covered by the decree, Nikkei has learned.

Kyoto, Aichi, Fukuoka, Ibaraki and Gifu prefectures are candidates to be excluded from the declaration, along with all 34 prefectures not on the alert list. Aichi Prefecture includes Nagoya, Japan’s fourth-largest city.

A government expert panel and an advisory committee on the outbreak are set to meet Thursday to make a final decision.

Japan initially declared a state of

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Coronavirus latest: Kyoto asks to be put under emergency decree

The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

Global cases have reached 1,439,516, according to the World Health Organization.

The worldwide death toll has hit 85,711.

To see how the disease has spread, click this interactive virus tracker:

Here are the latest developments (Tokyo time):

Friday, April 10

12:16 p.m. The Vietnamese government prepares social security aid of 62 trillion dong ($2.66 billion) to support indirect victims of the virus, including workers who have their pay cut or lose their jobs, small family business owners and

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