Kyoto Animation to demolish studio

NHK has learned that Kyoto Animation will demolish the studio that was badly damaged in a deadly arson attack in July. The blaze killed 36 employees and injured 33 others.

Sources tell NHK the company explained its demolition plan to local residents on Saturday.

Preparations for the demolition, such as scaffolding and clearing the studio of remaining items, will start as soon as Monday, and continue to the end of the year.

The building is due to be demolished between early January and late April. Sources say the company has not decided how to use the site after the demolition.

President and CEO of Kyoto Animation, Hideaki Hatta, mentioned his plan to demolish the studio at a news conference last month. He said it pained him deeply to see his beloved studio in such a state.