March 30 2021
KANAGAWA – In the wake of the murder of 19 people at Tsukui Yamayurien, a facility for the mentally disabled in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, a panel of experts examined six prefectural facilities for the disabled and compiled a report stating that there is little recognition of the inappropriateness of physical restraints and that improvements are needed.
The subcommittee was established in July last year to examine six prefectural facilities for the mentally disabled in response to the murder of 19 people at Tsukui Yamayurien, a prefectural facility for the mentally disabled in Sagamihara City.
The expert members compiled a report on the confirmed cases of physical restraint and suspected abuse, based on interviews with staff and documents, and submitted it to Kanagawa Governor Kuroiwa on the 30th.
The report points out that the staff and managers of the facilities are not well aware that prolonged physical restraint is inappropriate.
The prefectural government, which is in a position to provide guidance, is also responsible for the situation, saying, “The prefectural government lacks the perspective to improve the situation without actually checking the actual situation.
Governor Kuroiwa, who received the report, said, “Although we cannot directly link this to the incident in which 19 people were killed, the problem is connected to it, and the prefectural government’s responsibility for overlooking it has been severely pointed out. We will take the report seriously and work to realize support from the user’s perspective,” he said.