By Barrier Free Japan with extracts from Jiji & NHK
January 7th 2020
Tomorrow – January 8th 2020, a trial will begin at the Yokohama District Court.
A man accused of killing 19 residents and injuring dozens more at a care home for people with disabilities in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2016, will stand trial.
Speaking to Jiji Press the defendant, Satoshi Uematsu shows no remorse and his views about people with disabilities remains unchanged. When Jiji Press asked if he had any regrets he responded by saying “I did my best.”
Talking about his intention to admit the charges, Uematsu said ” “It’s depressing,” he said. “It’s like going there to get insulted.” ”
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.
Japan’s national broadcaster NHK has set up a website dedicated to the incident, focusing on the 19 people with disabilities that were killed.
The trial is expected to conclude by March 16th 2020.