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Hyogo Investigation committee submits report on disabled man kept ‘caged’ in Sanda city

“The investigative committee that was charged with examining the correspondence and reports of the city in a case where a disabled man was confined by his father for over 20 years in Sanda city, Hyogo Prefecture, has produced a summary of report which suggests neglect was a factor in the disabled man's death. In addition, the report recommends to periodically review the situation of persons with disabilities by reviewing manuals etc. so as to give priority to safety and livelihoods of persons with disabilities.”

Written extracts from NHK

September 20th 2018

HYOGO – The investigative committee that was charged with examining the correspondence and reports of the city in a case where a disabled man was confined by his father for over 20 years in Sanda city, Hyogo Prefecture, has produced a summary of report which suggests neglect was a factor in the disabled man’s death. In addition, the report recommends to periodically review the situation of persons with disabilities by reviewing manuals etc. so as to give priority to safety and livelihoods of persons with disabilities.

In a case where a 42-year-old man with intellectual disabilities in the prefecture’s prefab hut in Hyogo prefecture was trapped in a prefab house of his home for more than 20 years, a 73-year-old father was charged with illegal detention.

About this incident, the investigation committee that has been examining whether there was no problem with the response of Sanda city submitted a report to mayor Tetsuo Mori on September 20.

In the report, when a city staff visited in 1993 in 25 years ago, it acknowledged that It was grasping that men were trapped in the room.

Then, in the following year it was concluded that “we have a big problem and this case was neglected”. In addition, it was recommended reviewing manuals and others to give priority to safety and livelihoods of persons with disabilities, and periodically review staff training and the status of people with disabilities.

Yasushi chairman Taniguchi of the Investigation Committee at a press conference, has pointed out that “I think some kind of correspondence should had been able to lead to the discovery…The organization did not function.”

Mayor Mori said, “I feel sorry for not being a field of welfare, I would like to reconsider the organization drastically.”

In response to the report of the investigation committee, Sanda City decided to set up a committee next month to consider abuses of persons with disabilities and consider the way of human rights protection.

Members of the committee are also planning to include disabled people, and to summarize the conclusions during this fiscal year and to reflect on the system and budget for the next fiscal year.

In addition, Sanda Mayor Mori Tetsuo also presented the idea to proceed to check whether other abuse of persons with disabilities like this time has occurred.

The confinement became clear in January this year. When a 73 – year – old father consulted welfare officials about his wife ‘s care, he declared that he was confining the 42 – year – old son at home.

The eldest son was trapped in a wooden cane set up in a prefab cabin at a corner of his home site for more than 25 years.

The size of the area is about 1 tatami mat and only about 1 meter tall, with a padlock hanging.

The eldest son was protected by the welfare facility, but one eye was blinded and the other eye was almost invisible.

The father was arrested on suspicion of detention, and in June, in trial, imprisonment was 1 year and 6 months, sentence suspension was over 3 years, and the sentence was confirmed.

Regarding this incident, Sanda City had not informed the police for approximately one month until protecting the eldest son and receiving news from the press.

In addition, criticism gathered that the city and related organizations had consulted from family and relatives before 25 years ago and five years ago, and did not take concrete measures.

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