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Nerima woman accused of arson ‘did it to relieve stress’

Michie Yasoda
Michie Yasoda

TOKYO (TR) – Police have arrested a 47-year-old woman believed to be behind a series of fires set at apartment buildings in Nerima Ward, reports Fuji News Network (Dec. 10).

On Wednesday evening, Michie Yasoda is alleged to have used a lighter to ignite tissue stuffed in a salad oil bottle set inside a washing machine in a first-floor corridor of an apartment building.

Since November 30, the suspect is believed to have started similar blazes inside washing machines on a total of five occasions. The first three fires, in which took place at the same apartment building.

Yasoda, who has been charged with arson, admits the allegations. “I did it to relieve stress,” the suspect is quoted by police.

There were no injuries as a result of the fires.