"If there is a fire and somebody dies, the survivors will always be charged with arson."

Gerald Hurst

US Fire Investigator.



Below are two charts regarding wrongful arrests and convictions for arson cases in Japan.


Chart 1 = Acquittals


Chart 2 = Wrongful Convictions


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Chart 1) Arson Acquittals

(Note: more information on the cases mentioned is welcome)


Defendant

Case

Name

〜〜

Location

Date of Fire

Charges

Decisions


Kitayama 

Tomoya

北山知也

Osaka

 2005

May


DC Not Guilty

2007/Mar/30

Nakamura

Kuniharu

中村






Sasaki Kei

Fujisawa

~~

Kanagawa

1993



Katagishi

Mitsuko

Hikinoguchi

~~

Fukuoka

2004

March 24

Murder

Arson

--

Not Guilty

Arson/Murder

Saito

Yoshio

Matsuyama

~~

Miyagi

1955

Oct 18

Murder 

Arson 

Robbery

Originally Sentenced to death. Later declared innocent.


Kanondou

観音堂





Kabuki-cho

歌舞伎町





Kanemori Kenji

金森



Kanemori

-----

Korea

1942


1971 Not Guilty









Chart Arson Convictions

All Defendants proclaim innocence.






Name of Defendants

Case

Name

Date  

of Fire

Charges

Decisions

Current Status

Hakamada

Iwao

Hakamada

Case

1966

1) Murder

2) Arson

Sentenced to Death

On death row in Tokyo

Boku Tatsuhiro

~~

Aoki Keiko (F)

Higashi-Sumiyoshi Case

1995

1) Arson

2) Murder

    3) Insurance Fraud

Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Imprisoned

Boku: Oita

Aoki: Wakayama


Shimotakaido




?


Kokubunji

~~

Tokyo

1997

Arson

18 months of labor

?

Tokuda

Tokuda


Murder 

Arson

Life Imprisonment

?


浅虫

(青森浅虫温泉放火事件)




?


湯河

(湯河原放火事件)




?


Osaka Video Parlor


Arson

Murder

Sentenced to Death

Retrial to start in the high court