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.