Osaka cops nab teacher in attempted arson at kindergarten
tokyoreporter.com -- Jun 18
Osaka Prefectural Police have arrested a 31-year-old teacher in an alleged attempted arson case at a kindergarten in Miyakojima Ward last month, reports TBS News

On the evening of May 16, Mariko Kusunoki, a 31-year-old resident of Kyoto's Joyo City, allegedly ignited some cardboard boxes inside a storage room at the private kindergarten, causing burns to some shelving.

At the time of the incident, Kusunoki was among three persons at the school. She was seen by a witness inside the storage room immediately before the fire started.

Kusunokie, who has been accused of attempted arson inside an inhabited structure, denies the charges, telling police she has nothing to say about the matter.

Two weeks later, clothes and other items at the school were set ablaze under suspicious circumstances. Police are investigating whether there is a connection between the two incidents.

大阪市都島区の幼稚園で先月に不審火が相次いだ事件で、警察はこの幼稚園の教師で31歳の女を逮捕しました。 現住建造物等放火未遂の疑いで逮捕されたのは、都島区の「育生幼稚園」の教師・楠木麻里子容疑者です。

News sources: tokyoreporter.com, ANNnewsCH
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