A Disabled Man Living In Japan Responds To Last Week’s Events


It is about time not just for Japan, but for all other countries that can be related.

Same Difference

This is a guest post by Michael Gillan Peckitt, a disabled man living in Japan. Thanks to Michael.

By Michael Gillan Peckitt, Kobe, Japan

As I write this it is now six days since Satoshi Uematsu stabbed 19 people, and injured 26 others at the Tsukui Yamayuri-en care home for the intellectually disabled in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

We now know that Uematsu, on February 15th 2016 took a hand delivered letter to the Speaker of the Japanese Diet’s Lower House. Here is the letter in full:

“Dear Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima,

Thank you very much for reading this letter. I can wipe out a total of 470 disabled individuals.

I am fully aware that my remark is eccentric. However, thinking about the tired faces of guardians, the dull eyes of caregivers working at the facility, I am not able to contain myself, and so I decided to take…

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