Six months after the horrific arson attack on Kyoto Animation which resulted in the deaths of over 30 KyoAni employees, Yahoo! News has reported the final tally for the amount of donations that the studio received after the fire. In total, fans donated around 3.34 billion yen to the studio as of 17th January.
Kyoto Governor Takatoshi Nishiwaki held a press conference last 17th January. And there, he revealed that they have set up a committee to distribute that money effectively, from the donation bank account and into the victims of the families. Kyoto Animation, which opened the account just for the families of the victims, closed the account back in 27th December.
The Kyoto government has also sent out questionnaires to the families. This is to help the committee determine the amount they will be allocating to that family. They are basing it on a range of factors, such as the deceased having children who lost their parent, as well as for those who survived but suffered long-lasting injuries.
The compensation to the families of the deceased victims has already started. In fact, they were already approved last November. They based the payments given to the families on the 1995 sarin gas attacks, as both the KyoAni arson and that incident were “work-related crimes”. For privacy reasons, they did not reveal how much they compensated the families.
Demolitions for the now-burned Kyoto Animation Studio-1 Building have now also begun. It is estimated that the demolitions will be completed by April 2020.