The Sagamihara stabbings accused’s ‘Manga’

On February 10th 2018 some news organizations in Japan reported drawings and cartoons made by the person accused of the ‘Sagamihara stabbings’ that occurred in July 2016. These drawings were made whilst the accused of that crime was detained and being investigated by the police, and as far as Barrier Free Japan knows, the accused remains detained.

The ‘manga’ the accused created has been widely re-produced, as has the accused’s name.

Barrier Free Japan appreciates that at the time of the accused’s arrest, the accused’s name and photograph was distributed widely by the media. However, now the accused is going through ‘pre-trial hearings’, the matter, as far as Barrier Free Japan is concerned, is now sub judice.

The accused has of course spoken to some journalists via letter and speaks often about disabled people, describing them as people who can cause ‘only misery’.

Barrier Free Japan shares this photo in this blog post as an example of the ‘Sagamihara stabbings’ accused’s ‘manga’ from the Yahoo Japan website.

Barrier Free Japan shall report what the accused says or what occurs in court , but never mention the accused’s name again until all legal proceedings are finally concluded. However, until all court proceedings are concluded regarding the accused it does not seem right to keep mentioning the accused’s name.

Kanagawa Prefecture to find Group Homes for disabled after Sagamihara

Extracts from The Mainichi Shimbun

February 7th 2018

Kanagawa Prefecture will independently fund Group Homes (GH) next year in order to advance a “regional shift” by which severely intellectually disabled people living in care home facilities can start using GH’s.

Launching a regional transition support measure. In the reconstruction of “Tsukui Yamayuri Garden”, a facility for disabled in Sagamihara City where a killing incident occurred, the same policy will be expanded across the prefecture in response to the decision to reduce the size of the facility to promote regional migration.

The related expenses of about 70 million yen were posted in the draft fiscal year 2018 initial budget. GH, which requires a staff allocation higher than the current status to accept disabled persons who enter the prefectural disabled welfare facility, aid of 1.55 million yen per year for each acceptance. In addition to issuing 5,000 yen a day for GH’s that accepts severely handicapped person, financial assistance will given to disabled people who are residents in GH’s to help with rent.

Regional transition was decided upon at intention of the disabled himself, and emphasis was placed on the process of “decision support” to promote the intention of the residents even in the reconstruction plan of the Yamayuri Park.

For this reason, support measures will also assist in the case of deploying multiple “counseling support experts” that have a wide range of projects that disseminate / enlighten decision support and work experience that is essential for decision support.

Although the philosophy of welfare for persons with disabilities “from facility to area” is expanding in recent years, due to GH ‘s talent shortage etc, region shifting is not proceeding as expected. According to the prefecture, among the 5053 residents in the prefecture at the end of FY 2001, there were 193 people shifted to the region by the end of FY 2004, which was a large opening with about 500 people set as targets. In particular, people with severe disabilities tend to remain in the facility.

The prefectural person in charge talks about support measures “If it becomes a camphor agent for regional shift promotion”.

One and half year on, the families of the Sagamihara stabbing victims remember

Written with extracts from NHK

January 26th 2018

On the 26th of July 2016, 19 people in the area were killed at the Tsukui Yamayuri Park facility with intellectual disabilities in Sagamihara City, and 27 people suffered serious injuries.

Former employee Satoshi Uematsu, charged with crimes such as homicide, stated that “disabled people can only make misery”, and expanded shocks and ripples in society. It is one and a half from the incident on 26th.NHK interviewed the families of the victims of the attack.

Mr. Ono (74) spoke about the incident, he said: “It was a year and a half since the accident, which is not as good as before the incident, but my son has become quite relaxed and relieved.”

Uematsu said that he repeatedly argued as a reason for raising an incident in an interview with reporters, “Even if I can not speak, I can move my eyes and see my eyes, I will be glad if I say “I will come again”, I feel that I can communicate with myself.I am pleased to meet each week and I am happy.The defendant’s idea is wrong and unfortunate There is no qualification to be said, “strongly denied the defendant’s words.

About Uematsu’s explanation that Uematsu told the family members that they did not thank the family when they helped the residents at the facility, and that the disabled people seemed to be unnecessary, said, “In order to claim their legitimacy I feel exaggeratingly saying one example and saying that I am trying to impose my thoughts and thoughts and I can not understand it. ”

And as to the fact that the defendant did not respond to the question “Would you kill if your child had a severe disability?”, “It is the most important thing to think about and the defendant as well as my son thinks He should be thinking that he is cute because he is trying to defend his child because of his disability, he is contradictory. “

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.

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.

Abusers caught targeting disabled falls slightly as mistreatment cases soar at care facilities

Jiji Press Reprinted in The Japan Times

Friday 29th December 2017

The number of people cited for abusing disabled people fell by three from the previous year to 2,520 in fiscal 2016, but cases of mistreatment at care facilities grew to a record of 401, a welfare ministry survey says.

The tally of victims stood at 3,198, down 109.

Five were found to have died mainly due to abuse, matching the record high marked in fiscal 2013, according to the survey, which began in fiscal 2012.

Among those cited for abuse, 1,538 were family members or other guardians of the victims, down 55, 581 were described as employers and colleagues, down 10, and 401 were employees at facilities for the disabled, up 62.

Seventy percent of all cases at care facilities were against mentally disabled people:

“The difficulty of communicating (with mentally disabled people) is one factor,” a ministry official said. “We want staff members of care facilities to take a course on how to respond.”

The survey did not cover the July 2016 massacre in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, that claimed 19 residents of Tsukui Yamayuri-en, a facility for the mentally disabled, because the suspect was a former employee of the facility rather than an active worker.

Reporter and Father of Disabled Son Interviews Sagamihara Stabbings Accused

Extracts from The Mainichi

December 28th 2017

The interviewer is Kanebumi Kanbe of RKB Mainichi Broadcasting and the interviewee is Satoshi Uematsu. It will broadcast on TBS radio on December 29th and on January 3rd 2018 in some regions:

Kanbe: You call “a person who can not communicate” as “a lost person”, but what kind of person is specifically aimed at?

Uematsu: Such a person who can not say his name, age, and address.

Kanbe: At midnight everyone would have been asleep. How could you be so heartless?

Uematsu: People who answered “Good morning” would not be stabbed.

Kanbe: My child can not speak clear words, but I can understand what I’m saying in general.

Uematsu: I’m afraid I cannot say that communicating is the only way parents can know what they are saying.

Kanbe: It was your intent to kill my child in Yamayuri-en facility?

Uematsu: I did not know at the time.