Tokyo, Japan, Sep 13, 2016 / 02:02 am
In late July, the worst mass killing in Japan since World War II left 19 people dead and 26 people wounded.
The suspected killer, 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu, carried out his attack against people with disabilities at a care center, where Uematsu had worked for four years. According to a Japanese news source, Uematsu had warned Parliament in February that he was planning such an attack, to get rid of disabled people "for the sake of Japan."
In a way, the reaction to his attack showed that the country, and much of the world, would already like to pretend that the disabled do not exist.
Weeks after the incident, police in the Kanagawa Prefecture, where the attack took place, have not released the names of the victims, citing family members requests for privacy.