As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the investigation into abuse of people with disabilities at a facility in Kanagawa prefecture is about to be dismissed. New suspicions of abuse emerged last autumn regarding the “Tsukui Yamayurien” facility in Sagamihara City, in Kanagawa Prefecture, which became a stage of mass murder four years ago. The prefecture suddenly announced on May 18 that it would stop verifying cases of abuse, and some are skeptical.
According to the city government , a former male employee abused a child twice in May-July 2019. The male employee retired in August of the same year, but the city said that he was in violation of the obligation to respect persons with disabilities as specified by the Child Welfare Law. The city has not confirmed abuse of other users.
The number of confirmed cases of abuse against people with disabilities during fiscal year 2018 in Hyogo prefecture, western Japan was 125, the highest ever for the prefecture. Abuse by staff at welfare facilities increased from 9 cases to 40 cases, which was also the highest ever.
“Hiroko Nomura (64), who operates a support facility for children and students who need developmental support in the city, says that Sanda City had allowed a “secondary disability”, in which the disability becomes serious depending on the surrounding environment to develop.”
“n a summary released by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of persons with disabilities who were abused in families and workplaces, etc., was the highest it’s ever been, with 3,500 people abused nationwide last year.