By Barrier Free Japan
April 5 2021
Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare reported that a total of 734 people with disabilities were abused by staff at facilities for the disabled during fiscal year 2019, with two deaths as a direct result of abuse.
NHK reported that whilst the number amounts to 43 fewer cases than last year, it is still the second highest figure since the Japanese started collecting such records in 2012. Two men, one in his 30’s and one in his 40’s are reported to have died as a result of abuse.
Physical abuse accounted for 53% of the cases, psychological abuse 40%, and abandonment and neglect 7%, such as reducing food intake to the point of weakness or leaving the child alone for a long time.
In addition, 1,664 people were abused by their family members or other “caregivers,” and there were many cases where the family members were not aware of the abuse.
In addition, 771 people were confirmed to have been abused by managers or supervisors in the workplace.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) says, “Many people with disabilities are still being abused, and we would like you to report to your local government if you are concerned about possible abuse so that we can take action at an early stage.”