“He began to talk about the killing method about two months before the incident. I had been involved in the conversation whilst I thought it was a delusion, but the content was gradually becoming more realistic I was scared…After that, I was strongly invited by the defendant to cooperate but declined. “
The defendant’s former partner said that the defendant referred to the residents of the Tsukui Lily Garden care facility as “cute” two years before the incident, but that his way of describing the residents became more severe about seven months before the incident, that he began to speak of people with disabilities as “unproductive.”
The ministry plans to make public transportation easily accessible to those with disabilities and the elderly by having the operators of taxis, buses and trains master how to use barrier-free equipment, such as slope boards for wheelchair users. A bill to revise a law on promoting the smooth transportation of elderly and disabled people will be submitted at the ordinary session of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, to be convened Monday.
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) annouced on Wednesday 15th January that applications for participation in the second lottery for sales of Paralympic Games tickets will be accepted from residents of Japan during the period of 15 – 29 January 2020.
Monday 13th January was a national holiday in Japan, it was ‘Coming of Age Day’, so with some other public services, the courts did not sit in Japan. Barrier Free Japan felt this was a good time to recount the first few days in ‘Sagamihara Massacre’ trial, and offer a kind of ‘timeline’ of the trial thus far.
An account of an injured victim was heard, Kazuya Ono (46), who is the only victim to be referred to by his real name in ttrial, was referred to as Mr. Ono. Kazuya Ono (46). He was severely injured by a knife, which led to a police report being filed immediately after the incident.
The point at issue is the presence or absence of criminal liability at the time of the case. The defense argued, “He was mentally ill or mentally depressed due to cannabis.” The prosecutor’s view is that he was fully accountable as he had “a unique way of thinking, not a pathological delusion within normal psychology.”
Current rules require only entrances, hallways and shared bathing areas at lodging facilities to be barrier-free. The new rules will also cover areas between room entrances and beds, and entrances to restrooms, bathing rooms and washrooms, requiring hotel operators to provide sufficient space for wheelchairs to pass through.
Since many of the victim’s family chose not to disclose their names – as is their right to do so – at the trial the victims will be anonymous and referred to as ‘A’, ‘B’ and so on, with one notable exception: Kazuya Ono, aged 46, who was stabbed in the stomach will apparently be mentioned by name.
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A man accused of killing 19 residents and injuring dozens more at a care home for people with mental disabilities in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2016 said on Monday 23rd December that he will admit to charges of murder and attempted murder at his trial, slated to begin on January 8th. It was previously reported by Kyodo News that the he would plead not guilty.
This year’s Tokyo Paralympics will set a participation record with athletes from around 170 national organizing bodies competing, surpassing the record 164 bodies that took part in the 2012 London games, a source with knowledge of the matter said Thursday.
While the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are touted as a chance to create a more inclusive society, a Kyodo News survey showed 66 percent of respondents did not see any improvement in accessibility or understanding of disabilities since 2013, when Tokyo was awarded hosting rights. In comparison, 34 percent said they had noticed progress.
Around 60 percent of local government buildings across Japan were not equipped with emergency power supplies lasting 72 hours, a crucial time frame in saving human lives during times of disaster, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Thursday.
There are more than 460,000 persons with disabilities working in private companies across the Japan where employment of persons with disabilities is required, and this is the highest ever, while approximately 30% of companies do not employ any persons with disabilities, a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has shown.
On December 24th, a hearing impaired couple from Fukuoka Prefecture filed a lawsuit at Fukuoka District Court on the grounds that they were forced to undergo infertility surgery under the old Eugenic Protection Act, an act which violated basic human rights guaranteed by the Constitution. They are seeking damages of 10 million yen.
According to a petition claiming a violation of human rights brought to the Kyoto Bar Association in early December, even though the Kyoto police told news outlets that the family members had refused to release the names, news organizations did so anyway. Some argue the release of victims’ names is vital in reporting major criminal cases or accidents accurately and provides valuable lessons for society.
Under the current system, people aged 75 or above, excluding those with incomes comparable to those of preretirement workers, pay 10 pct of medical expenses out of pocket. The government plans to boost the share to 20 pct for those with incomes above a certain level.
The ruling was in line with the request of prosecutors, who did not seek the death penalty in consideration of Kojima’s personality disorder. The court concluded that his disorder might have influenced developing his motive as he tends to take things paranoiacally.
Members of the House from Reiwa Shinsengumi, who have serious disabilities, asked for a review of the system so that it would be subject to public assistance during work, but the review of the disability welfare service system itself was postponed.
Public prosecutors sought a prison term of eight years on Friday for a former Japanese vice agriculture minister for killing his 44-year-old son at his home in Tokyo in June, pointing to his “one-sided” attack with a “strong murderous intent.”