From by Barrier Free Japan with extracts translated from The Huffington Post Japan
July 28 2021
July 26 2021 marked the five year anniversary of what is now oreferred to as the ‘Sagamihara Stabbings’, when in the early hours of July 26th 2016, Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the ‘Tsukui Yamayuri En’ care home for people with disabilites, killed 19 residents with disabilites and injured 24 other residents and two employees of the care home. Uematsu was later sentenced to death by the Yokohama District Court.
According to a colleagues who knew Uematsu well, he was called ‘foolish Uematsu’ and was talked about behind his back in the workplace. One of them said, ‘If you’re made fun of so much at work, you’re bound to go crazy.”
Speculation has been made that the reason for the cold treatment towards Uematsu is the “discovery of Uematsu’s tattoos.” In December 2014, during offering bathing assistance, it was discovered that there was a tattoo on Uematsu’s back.