Shinji Aoba
Shinji Aoba, who is suspected of the Kyoto Animation studio arson attack, looks up as he is transported on a stretcher to the Fushimi police station in Kyoto Image Credit: AFP

Tokyo: Japanese prosecutors on Wednesday charged a man with murder over the 2019 arson attack on Kyoto Animation that killed 36 people, local media said, the country's deadliest violent crime in decades.

Shinji Aoba, 42, was arrested in the aftermath of the July attack, but has been hospitalised with severe burns sustained in the incident, and reportedly only regained consciousness in August.