By Barrier Free Japan
July 26 2021
July 26th 2021 marks the five year anniversary of what is now often referred to as the ‘Sagamihara Stabbings’, when in the early hours of July 26th 2016, Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the ‘Tsukui Yamayuri En’ or ‘Tsukui Lily Garden’ care home for people with disabilites, killed 19 residents with disabilites and injured at least 26 others.
Five years later, the care home home in Sagamihara has been rebuilt. The Kanagawa prefectural government held a ceremony to open a new facility for disabled people which replaces the Tsukui Yamayuri-en facility.
A memorial ceremony was held at the newly rebuilt facility on July 20. The victims in the trial were tried anonymously except for one, ‘Miho’, whose mother made her name public, and the names of seven others, as well as ‘Miho’, are engraved on the “Monument for Requiem”, erected in front of the facility by the prefecture, engraved on a flower-dedication stand in front of a 1.8-meter-diameter water mirror with the words “Live Together” written on it, along with an illustration of a lily flower.
The prefectural government will add new names to the memorial if the bereaved families wish to do so.
The care home will accept applications for new residents in August.
The Japan Tomes article: Five years after the ‘Sagamihara stabbings,’ what have we learned?