Sagamihara City is withdrawing its plan to receive the Tokyo Paralympic torch at Tsukui Yamayurien, a facility for the intellectually disabled where 45 residents were killed and injured in July 2016, according to interviews with city officials.
Kentaro Motomura, the Mayor of Sagamihara City, spoke at a regular press conference on the 20th about the intellectually disabled facility “Tsukui Yamayurien” where 19 residents were killed in July 2016. Mayor Motomura said: “I want to make a comprehensive judgment, including changing the location,” he said. The bereaved families were asking the city to cancel the event.
Governor Kuroiwa, who received the report, said, “Although we cannot directly link this to the incident in which 19 people were killed, the problem is connected to it, and the prefectural government’s responsibility for overlooking it has been severely pointed out. We will take the report seriously and work to realize support from the user’s perspective,” he said.
The design of the memorial monument to be installed at the intellectually disabled facility in Sagamihara City, where 19 people were killed was chosen.
The monument will have a space to put the names of the victims, and the prefecture will confirm its intention to put the names on the bereaved families in the future.
Takeshi Ono, the father of Kazuya, who was seriously injured while saving his life, said, “It is clear that he has not faced the crime even after the death sentence was confirmed. The exhibition itself is his claim. It can be inspiring, and it’s only harmful. “
Yasue Kaihara, Deputy General Manager of Kyosen Kanagawa Branch, which is built at a welfare work place for people with disabilities, said, “I do not understand why the staff members performed the acts pointed out by the third-party committee that could be considered abuse.”