The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) is planning to allow mentally disabled people who work 10-20 hours per week to be included in the employment rate for disabled people, which companies are obliged to employ. The aim is to encourage people with disabilities who have difficulty working long hours to take up employment.
Ayano Hamauchi, the clinical psychotherapist, started in late January connecting former patients and counsellors not harmed in the fire through Twitter.
Not only did the arson attack claim the lives of patients and counsellors, but it also abruptly deprived other patients of the opportunity to receive counseling at the clinic.
The groups will intensively handle such calls on Feb. 2, Feb. 12 and Feb. 22. The campaign comes at a time when visits to psychiatric hospitals by the groups for meetings with inpatients have been restricted amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The deceased suspect, Morio Tanimoto was a patient at the clinic. People who knew him have said he apparently lived a lonely life after going through a divorce and the deaths of family members and may have been suicidal.
All 25 victims have been identified, including the clinic’s director, Kotaro Nishizawa, 49, according to the police. A total of 27 people, including Tanimoto, were taken to hospitals after the fire.