Former administrator of Saitama facility for the disabled receives suspended sentence for sexual assault charges

Edited Extracts from Reuters Japan

February 9th 2018

Former manager Kenji Osuka(75), who was charged with forced indecency for touching the body of a female staff member at a facility for the disabled, the Saitama District Court sentenced him to 9 years in prison calling him “sneaky criminal” Monday, a sentence suspended for five years.

The facility is called “Cosmos Earth” in Ageo-shi, Saitama Prefecture (renamed as Living Care and Saki). At that facility, last July 13, a male user (19) was left in a transfer wagon for about 6 hours, and there was an accident that he died of heat stroke. The defendant is said to have performed obscene acts during this time.

According to the ruling, on July 11 and 13 last year, he touched the breast and lower body of a 20 – year – old female official in the facility.

Man held over fatal stabbings of 19 at Sagamihara care facility planned second attack on same day

From Jiji Press reprinted in The Japan Times

January 25th 2018

YOKOHAMA – Satoshi Uematsu, awaiting trial for the 2016 deadly attack on a facility for the mentally disabled in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, has told Jiji Press that he planned to assault another such facility in the same prefecture on the same day.

Since last month Jiji Press has held meetings with Uematsu, 28, at a prison in the prefecture’s capital, Yokohama. He had earlier accepted only letter exchanges.

Uematsu said he abandoned the second attack as he expected police interference after failing to complete his plan to tie up all facility workers during the first one. He said he voluntarily presented himself to a local police station, also because he thought he had successfully killed a considerable number of disabled people.

Uematsu still justifies the heinous crime, insisting that people who cannot communicate should be euthanized.

But he said he is sorry about the way he killed the victims. “I didn’t come up with any other way,” he said.

Before the attack, Uematsu detailed his crime plan in a letter addressed to the speaker of the House of Representatives, naming two specific targets — Tsukui Yamayuri-en, where 19 people were stabbed to death and 27 injured on July 26, 2016, and another facility in Atsugi, also in Kanagawa Prefecture.

In February that year he visited the Lower House speaker’s official residence to deliver the letter, only to be rejected. But when he visited the residence again a few days later, the letter was received by a patrolling police officer.

Uematsu had worked at Tsukui Yamayuri-en since December 2012. Following the visits to the Lower House speaker’s residence, he told a colleague that he would kill severely disabled people. He was then diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder and admitted to a hospital through a compulsory hospitalization process.

“I had confidence in my thoughts,” said Uematsu, adding that he “exercised and prepared” to carry out the attack plan during two weeks of hospitalization.

Uematsu said he is ready to claim during his trial that the people he killed were not humans. Asked about the possibility of capital punishment, he said, “I would say, ‘Don’t talk stupid,’” to judges if they hand down a death sentence. He said he expects a prison term of around 20 years.

Ex Kawasaki Nursing Home Worker Pleads Not Guilty to 3 Murders

Jiji Press

January 23rd 2018

A former care worker on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges of killing three residents at a nursing home for the elderly in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, by throwing them off the facility’s balconies.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said the 25-year-old defendant, Hayato Imai, in the first hearing of his lay judge trial held at Yokohama District Court.

Public prosecutors plan to present circumstantial evidence to support the charges against Imai due to a lack of direct evidence linking him to the three deaths, such as eyewitness accounts and security camera footage.

The defense counsel plans to contest the charges.

The trial is scheduled to conclude on March 1, and a ruling is expected to be delivered by the end of March.

Sagamihara Suspect’s Defence Team Requests Further Mental Health Appraisal

The advocates defending the suspect, Satoshi Uematsu in killings at a care home for the intellectually disabled in Sagamihara City requests further investigations into the suspects mental health.

Written from Extracts From TBS News

January 23rd 2018

How able Uematsu is to be held criminally responsible is expected to be a point of dispute, and the Yokohama District Prosecution has already conducted a mental appraisal.

However, a new psychiatric appraisal requested by the defense counselor will be made, so the prolongation of the trial is inevitable.

Hokkaido Care Home Staff Arrested for Unauthorized ATM Withdrawals from Disabled Residents Bank Accounts

Extracts from The Sankei Shimbun

January 4th 2018

Kazuhiro Miwa was arrested on the grounds that on Tuesday December 19th 2017 at around 8:30am that Miwa used a residents cash card to withdraw cash of 280,000 yen without the residents permission from an ATM at Japan Railway station.

According to the police, Miwa is suspected of using the withdrawals to repay debts or expenses, and Miwa has made such withdrawals more than once. Miwa claims to be legitimately be in engaged in managing the cash cards and passbooks of the residents.

Japanese couple who confined their daughter rearrested over her freezing death

From The Japan Times

January 3rd 2018

OSAKA – A couple detained after the death of their 33-year-old daughter were served with fresh arrest warrants Tuesday for allegedly confining her for at least 15 years before she froze to death.

The daughter, Airi Kakimoto, had been kept in a tiny room in a house in the city of Neyagawa, Osaka Prefecture, since around 2002 before freezing to death while in a state of extreme malnutrition around Dec. 18 last year, the prefectural police department said.

Her father, Yasutaka, 55, and his wife, Yukari, 53, failed to take necessary steps to protect Airi, even though they were aware that she would die, police said.

Specifically, the parents failed to feed their daughter properly and give her medical care even once her condition deteriorated and she started losing weight quickly around January last year, sources involved in the investigation said.

The parents had told police investigators that Airi had been kept in the room for treatment and fed properly, according to the sources.

Previously, the parents said their daughter had been confined since she was 16 or 17 years old due to mental illness, the sources said.

The couple were first arrested on Dec. 23 after surrendering to police on suspicion of disposing of a body.

The woman stood 145 centimeters tall and weighed only 19 kilograms when her body was discovered in the unheated room. The room was locked from the outside and was being monitored with surveillance cameras.

The parents reduced the number of times she was fed to once a day from January 2016, the investigators said.

Airi was diagnosed with schizophrenia around 2001. Her parents told the investigators that they didn’t give her clothes to wear, leaving her naked. “She would complain that she was hot, and would take her clothes off, so we left her without clothes year round,” the suspects were quoted by police as saying.

The parents have denied that their act constitutes confinement, according to the police.

The ‘Japan Society for the Prevention of Abuse of Citizens of Persons with Disabilities Meets in Tokyo’ for the first time

From NHK

December 17th 2017

The first meeting of the “Japan Society for the Prevention of Abuse of Citizens of Persons with Disabilities” was held in Tokyo; it was established to protect persons with disabilities from abuse, and to recommend policy to the national government regarding ways of training staff that look after disabled people.

Academic societies were established due to the abuses carried out against people with disabilities at facilities and homes and similar institutions. On December 17th, the first meeting held in Tokyo was attended by more than 160 people including welfare experts for persons with disabilities. A panel discussion was held in the afternoon, Atsuko Kubo, president of Atsuko Kubo, a group that advocates for the mentally handicapped and their families – the “National Association of Leadership Training Associations” – said, “People with disabilities can not explain the damage themselves or the story is not trusted I will continue to receive abuse and I want you to understand the characteristics of the obstacles and listen to the story. ” Also, the president of a disabled facility in Osaka said, “In addition to making a mechanism to allow external eyes to enter the facility, we should report to local governments the acts suspected of abuse even if there is no awareness of the damage to people with disabilities.” It was. Only the abuse of 3154 people were abused for the financial year 2015 could be confirmed; and the panel we proposed that the national government offer training to those working at facilities for the disabled in conjunction with local government authorities.

Satoko Koyama, Chairman of the Association, said, “We would like to disseminate and propagate ways for employees and their families to harbor the will of the disabled and prevent abuse.”.