“Euthanasia” Stabber Slaughters 19 Patients

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A serial stabbing at a care center for the disabled in Sagamihara has left 19 dead (9 women and 10 men aged between 18 and 70) and 26 grievously wounded, a horrific event that the murderer himself has described as his attempt to “rid this world of the disabled.”

The 26-year-old man had broken into the Tsukui Yamayuri En centre early in the morning (which was being monitored by only 8 staff members at the time) by smashing the window before murdering all he could with a knife, doubtless aided by the condition of his victims or them being asleep, causing some to label the tragedy as the worst mass murder in Japan in some 70 years.

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The man, a former employee at the care center, was finally arrested not at the scene but after turning himself into the police 30 minutes after his rampage, proclaiming “I did it”; additionally exposing that he had gone through with the malicious attack in order to “rid the world of the disabled.”

A letter sent by the arrested man to the lower house of Japan’s parliament (prior to his mass murder) revealed his demands to “euthanize” the disabled:

“My goal is a world in which, in cases where it is difficult for the severely disabled to live at home and be socially active, they can be euthanized with the consent of their guardians.”

The letter goes on to state that he would carry out the murder during the night whilst his victims were asleep, then turn himself in to the police where he would be “jailed for two years” and then be given “a disguise for regular society through plastic surgery” – a rather ludicrous presumption.

The letter in its entirety:

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 action today for the sake of Japan and the world.

My reasoning is that I may be able to revitalize the world economy and I thought it may be possible to prevent World War III.

I envision a world where a person with multiple disabilities can be euthanized, with an agreement from the guardians, when it is difficult for the person to carry out household and social activities.

I believe there is still no answer about the way of life for individuals with multiple disabilities. The disabled can only create misery. I think now is the time to carry out a revolution and to make the inevitable but tough decision for the sake of all mankind. Let Japan take the first big step.

Would Mr. Tadamori Oshima, who bears the world, use his power to make the world proceed in a better direction? I sincerely hope you would deliver this message to Mr. Shinzo Abe. This is the answer I reached after serious thinking about what I can do for humankind.

Dear Lower House Speaker Tadamori Oshima, would you lend your power for the sake of dear Japan and all humankind?

Please give this full consideration. Satoshi Uematsu

The Plot: It will be carried out during the night shift, when staffing is low. The target will be two facilities where many multiply disabled people reside.

Staff on guard will be strapped with cable so they can’t move and can’t make contact with anyone outside. The act will be carried out speedily, and definitely without harming the staff. After wiping out the 260 people in two facilities, I will turn myself in.

In carrying out the act, I have several requests. After my arrest, my incarceration should be up to two years, and please let me lead a free life afterward. Innocence on grounds of insanity. A new name (Takashi Iguro), government registration and documents such as a driver’s license needed for everyday life.

A disguise for regular society through plastic surgery. Financial aid of 500 million yen ($5 million). I would like these conditions to be promised.

If you can make your decision, I will carry it out at any time. Please consider this fully for the sake of Japan and world peace.

I hope with all my heart that this can be discussed with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, although I am sorry to trouble him in an unimaginably busy schedule.

Satoshi Uematsu

The authorities – for whatever reasons – did act in response to this letter, which led to the man being investigated, losing his job and being involuntarily committed to psychiatric evaluation. He was then released without further supervision or charges.

The mother of a daughter who knew the murderer was shocked by his actions:

“I was surprised to hear that the culprit was a person from this neighborhood. My daughter knew the culprit, I mean, they were acquainted. They would greet each other when they would meet and she tells me that he was a very kind person. We are all very shocked.”

If judged mentally culpable, as seems likely given the extent of the planning which led to the attack, he will likely face the death penalty.

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  • Half of these comments make me wish humanity as a whole got “euthanized” (and about half of those comments are posted by Chan-04, so maybe we just need to “euthanize” him?) and less than half are so bystander-syndrome-ish that they make me lose hope in humanity, leaving a very small part of the comments to reaffirm my faith in humanity and remind me of why I at least try to be an idealist striving for a better, more humane world…

  • Anonymous says:

    None of the pro-murder idiots will be spared if Euthanasia becomes state policy especially if it was so due to lack of resources. No mangaka who draws ero 2D or people who consume them would escape.

  • Anonymous says:

    The authorities – for whatever reasons – did act in response to this letter, which led to the man being investigated, losing his job and being involuntarily committed to psychiatric evaluation. He was then released without further supervision or charges.

    well at least we see who gets euthanized …
    now i just have to reverse engineer and make them euthanize the ones i want to be euthanized instead of myself getting the wrath of the tyrants.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wtf is wrong with people commenting on this story? All the sensible arguments are getting blammed out the window meanwhile the fucktards and ass-hats seem to have free reign with whatever shit comes to mind here.

    • Yeah, I made a similar reflection… This is either turning into a new paradise of the trolls, think “4chan2”, or this might be indicative of where our society is heading, in which case it’s NOT going down a civilized, progressive or humane path… And much like Professor Farnsworth, I’m not sure I want to live on this planet anymore… (Nothing wrong with the planet itself, it’s the company that disappoints me.)

  • The irony here is that the guy is pretty much right and there are countries where euthanasia is allowed. It’s a tough subject to discuss, but ultimately I think Japan should drop it’s policy on censoring porn before tackling this issue.

    • Anonymous says:

      The problem being, euthanasia is by definition made with the explicit consent of the person who will die. That’s the reason it doesn’t apply to unconcious patients, like long standing coma.
      So this is literally murdering people in their sleep. Nothing else.

      • Anonymous says:

        Um. If they’re censored in Japan, they get exported with those same censors, except in very rare circumstances. I can safely say North America as a whole doesn’t tend to censor outsourced games.

        Try taking off your parental block or look up a friggin steam patch… eesh. Kids.

        • Anonymous says:

          Are you people stupid? “America” doesn’t censor this stuff. The game publishers censor it themselves in an attempt to make their games more marketable to a wider audience.

          North America has the ESRB rating system, but that’s an organization created by game publishers, not some government body. It’s simply there to provide content descriptions to people purchasing games, and to stores who might wish to use discretion in determining what to put on their shelves, and doesn’t “ban” anything. Unless a game is outright porn, it should have little trouble attaining an “M” or lower rating and appearing on store shelves at most retailers, and anyone purchasing an “AO” game would probably prefer something like digital distribution anyway. Some publishers might censor their games to attain a lower ESRB rating, but that’s for nothing more than to increase their sales to younger audiences, whose parents might, for example, not purchase an “M” rated game for.

          And of course, some publishers and developers may self-censor their games to avoid upsetting SJW types, but those exist worldwide.

        • Anonymous says:

          Stop talking nonsense. While All that Japan censors is exposed vagina, America bans EVERYTHING from “the finger” gesture to dress cleavage. And the most dangerous thing about american censorship is – that it’s unsystematic, doesn’t have solid set of rules and bound to voice of stupid minority.

        • Anonymous says:

          Except that ‘murica does censor a lot of stuff pointlessly and calls it “localization”…They change stuff that shouldn’t even be changed because it’s easier to do asspulls than a proper translation…and then we have all the censoring applied to various games like removed content from Mugen Souls,Criminal Girls,Fire Emblem:Fates,etc…There’s plenty more and a lot of good games get this bullshit for no good reason at all other than “cultural difference that will cause the player to not understand what’s going on”…Except that we do understand and that’s *WHY* we play these in the first place…Fucking retarded ‘murica pissing on everyone’s fun…at least they now still leave the option to have the voices in Japanese so you don’t actually have to read their botched translations which they call localizations.

    • Anonymous says:

      At first I was going to agree, then I was like wait what.

      The sad part is you’ve got a point.. before they even attempt to tackle shit like humane euthanasia on the grounds of rescuing someone from an inevitable life of suffering, they’ve really got to come to grips on allowing people to make their own decisions on their own lives and bodies. And, irritating as it is to agree in this sense, starting with the whole ‘all genitals must be censored at all times’ thing is a hilariously easy start that would also be a COLOSSAL step in the right direction. -_-

      I mean.. freedom of speech for your own body, seriously? Where the hell is it in Japan?

    • Anonymous says:

      Paranoid much? Why would anyone use experimental high-tech arsenal to kill a few old geezers?

      (I’m not saying the government doesn’t have classified ways to kill people, like the heart attack gun that was declassified, just that… they’re not used for random old fucks)

    • Anonymous says:

      It doesn’t sound like these people were “vegetables”, they just had mental and physical disabilities. And you seem to imply that orphans and homeless people don’t get any help, when they do. Just because their families may not have been willing or able to provide them with the level of assistance they needed, doesn’t mean these people wanted to die.

      And what happens when someone decides that those who view content they deem to be objectionable must have a “mental illness”. Will you be first in line to be euthanized, to end your unhealthy burden on society?

      • It isn’t much better in the US. Plenty of neglect and abuse in facilities for the disabled and elderly for everyone.
        Not to mention many of the facilities were closed by Reagan in the 80’s and the patients turned out into the population some very unstable. There have been many instances of assaults and folks being pushed off train platforms that have been attributed to it.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, but at the very least we can still euthanize people who are in that situation if the situation calls for it. A person can also request their own life to be ended if they’re only going to live in suffering.

          Albiet, the burden of proof lies on the person in question, and it’s a VERY rare and strictly controlled thing that’s never taken lightly, but hell. It’s a step up. Even if it’s only a single tile for a step.

        • That’s how it is everywhere. Caring for mentally disabled people is harsh for everyone. Especially once the realization hits in that the effort is completely in vain.

          It’s similar to the movie Groundhog Day. Only without the advantage of starting from the beginning every day.

        • Anonymous says:

          who defined that caring for the disable is in vain?
          parents usualy don’t care for their children expecting anything in return, usualy such children turn out to be thankful adults or something along these lines.
          also if you define that something fruitless based on some future and undefined value, then all human existance is meaningless.
          taking care of mentally disabled is more bearable than taking care of jerks and assholes.

  • Anonymous says:

    So we had one “worst mass murder in modern times” in the US with that shooting in the gay club in Orlando and now one in Japan, too… And I do believe this guy may be the best argument I’ve ever seen for why gardians should never be given complete authority in regards to if people should be euthanised or not.

    Also, looking at some of the comments here, I worry where our human values are going… ‘cuz it’s beginning to look like they’re going “down the drain”… seriously, we’ve never been angles, but are we really beginning to value money higher than human lives? …we don’t have much of a moral high ground over inhumane dictatorships if we do…

      • Anonymous says:

        Some people give a damn, but the ones in charge, the EU primarily, is so scared of Turkey refusing to accept any more refugees and/or dumping the refugees it has already accepted on the rest of the EU that they just bend over for Turkey and take it like a good little bitch.

        • Everyone is included in “we”. You can disprove me by deeds, of course. But shallow words won’t convince me you actually care for that old lady from your neighborhood. When was the last time you did her grocery shopping? Or if she doesn’t live in your neighborhood, she lives in your city and if not there in your country.

    • You should take a history lesson sometime. Those “human values” you talk about are fictitious. And those “inhumane dictatorships” ain’t as inhumane as you are led to believe.

      All that’s going down the drain is our education.

      • Anonymous says:

        Uuh, is that even an argument, Chen-04? If human values ARE fictituos, then they’re only fictituous because we’re not realizing them. You may not be able to find an atom of hope, kindness, compassion, mercy or human values in the universe, but that doesn’t make them fictituous. The only thing that makes them “fictituous” is You… We humans need to believe there’s hope, kindness, compassion, mercy and human values in the universe in order to be humane. We need to believe in some things that aren’t true, because how else can they BECOME true?

        • “You believe that believing in things like hope, compassion and human values can be dangerous?”

          Yes. A simple scenario for this would be betrayal. Happens all the time. If you acknowledge that the human values you speak of are lies, it’s possible to anticipate backstabbing, since you are aware that people do this. But if you believe in all those values you’d never even consider the possibility of such a thing happening.

          The world is a shitty place because the things you believe in are untrue. If they were true, the world would be a great place to live in. Now the way to improve the world is to acknowledge the deficiencies and than work hard to fight them.

          Hard work is the key. Not believing.

          btw. I do not believe in the things you claim I believe in. Believing suggests a lack of knowledge. “I don’t know, but I believe…”. But I know knowledge is valuable. I know the truth has value, no matter how cruel it is. Now of course, ignorance is bliss and lots of people prefer it for that reason. That’s why they believe instead of seeking knowledge. That’s why they won’t change how the world is. All they do is believe, they never work for anything.

        • Anonymous says:

          You’re either a narrow minded hypocrite or a troll, ‘cuz you’re just bullshitting right now. Whether it’s intentional or due to ignorance is the question.

          You, yourself, need to believe there’s some kind of value in knowledge and truth in order for there to be any point in arguing in favor of them. If you didn’t believe in those things having value, you wouldn’t even be writing these comments. (Unless the value/point of your comments is to provoke people with offensive nonsense.)
          You believe that believing in things like hope, compassion and human values can be dangerous? How could it be more dangerous than believing that human values are lies?

          Because the truth is deeper than your understanding of it. Because it is true that the world is a pretty shitty place, very much thanks to people who actually are of the opinion/s you spout (like Satoshi Uematsu up there), but it’s also true that if I believe in greater values and treat other living beings well, it becomes just a little bit better. Even if just for me and the person I treat well, and just that small difference for the better is good enough for me.

          tl;dr: Your argument is, like all bullcrap spouted by edgy wannabe nihilists, self-defeating.

        • Believing stuff doesn’t make it true. Also, believing can be a dangerous thing to do, because it shields you from knowledge. “I believe the earth is flat.” yeah, yeah, whatever. No matter how hard you believe the earth will never become flat.

          So instead of believing a lie, why don’t you start to work with the truth and go from there?

      • Anonymous says:

        Like the horrible inhumane dictatorship in China, that tripled salary of the average person in the past 10 years. Yep, such lack of freedom to bear arms. Atrocious.

        Here in ‘Murica, the economy is fucked, your paycheck isn’t what it used to be, but you’ve got your right to shoot each other. Freedomland.

  • I couldn’t read all of that writer diarrea by that sick motherfucker, such a people deserve for just one thing, a bullet in the head. And every cocksucker who thinks that disabled people are burden for society just because they can’t do same things are the lowest scum who deserve a long vacation in Camp 22 (North Korea).

    • It’s funny because he thinks of humankind and you don’t and he’s pretty much in the right about everything and you’re not. And that’s why you insult him, instead of presenting arguments. Because you know you have no arguments, because you know he is right, so insults are all that are left to you.

      If disabled people ain’t a burden on society,.. then what are they? They’re not exactly a heavy burden (except on the people who have to care for them), but saying they’re not a burden is just silly.

        • Anonymous says:

          “envision a world where a person with multiple disabilities can be euthanized, with an agreement from the guardians, when it is difficult for the person to carry out household and social activities.”
          Stephen Hawking has those disabilities, those difficulties and even more. He only can have something resembling a life with a lot of expensive machinery developed specially for him and someone nursing him almost constantly. Exactly this jap guy’s and his advocates definition for burden deserving death.
          However, the rest of us think otherwise…

      • Anonymous says:

        “Difficulty for the person to carry out household and social activities” probably covers a fair portion of the people who visit this site. And there are certainly those who would claim that anyone taking part in otaku culture must have one or more mental disabilities. So, what happens once you are deemed to be harmful to society?

      • Anonymous says:

        his POV is one among many, the trouble with thinking like this is narrow and social-centeric pov.
        who define and decide if someone is a burned on society?
        I think more normal and able humans are a burned on society than the disabled
        also, maybe you have forgotten, but the elderly did more than their share of contributing to the society, and the society have a duty to provide for them.
        even malformed children, some of them were born bc of effects of modern civilisation, chemicals and pollution is to blame, they could have been normal if it wasn’t for that.
        if you ask me, I’ll think that getting ride of all humans and of civlisation is a good thing for the ecosystem and for life as we know it.

        • Anonymous says:

          He is right but not as a person, he was either thinking like a robot, or he’s insane. People like these are the ones capable of committing genocide and being prosecuted because they lack the very thing that makes humans, human. We hope, we strive, we repay kindness of the past and it’s simply the gut feeling that tells you it’s wrong to hurt someone else.

          A damn robot can easily come to a decision that humans on this face of the earth are likened to PESTS, parasites, destroyers that screwed up the whole ecology of this world that took millions of years to build… wipe us out then perhaps ? 🙂

          Before that, yeah lift the bloody censors and mark everything Mature.

        • Have never said that. Acknowledging that they are a burden is important, though. Claiming they could contribute to society when they really can’t is just irresponsible. Caring for the mentally disabled is neither an investment, like caring for children is, nor is it paying back, like caring for your parents is.

          It’s just a burden. If the mentally disabled are children, it’s an investment that will never pay off and if the they are your parents, they won’t even recognize you or that you’re paying them back.

          Now I’m not saying it’s a big burden on society or something, because it’s not. Not as long as there are so few of them, anyway. I’m just saying that they are a burden and that caring for them is something we can afford to feel better about ourselves.

  • Anonymous says:

    His ideology is just stupid. The thing is that we are no longer are subject of natural selection, so humanity will have to learn to cure people instead of relying on healthy bodies that are produced by natural selection. Sure, it might take a lot resources and time to take care of the unhealthy people, but there is no alternative to it, because you can’t improve without practice. If we will just kill unhealthy people our medicine will be very primitive.

    • Anonymous says:

      You’re right that a lot of progress in technology and medicine has been for the sake of protecting the weak. Imagine how little progress we’d have if we just abandoned anyone with cancer or alzhiemers

    • Natural Selection isn’t about surviving, but about breeding. The only way to evade it would be to arrange for everyone who gets to breed and with whom. It’s certainly possible and would improve humans. You could breed smart humans, for example. But no one does, because our current society values other things.

      It would also take a pretty long time for the effect to be noticeable. At least a couple of generations. So part of the reason no one does it could very well be that no one can survive long enough to see their effort come to fruition.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not to mention the implicit hierarchy that would result. Anyone with a higher-than-average IQ would be in a far better situation to rule over others, solely for that reason. And if an uprising started against them? Too bad, they’re still thinking faster, predicting your plans ahead of time, and using the resources they have to develop far better defences than the offences you have.

        You’d have a place where the brains would literally be ruling the planet by unintentional design and the jocks would be doing all the manual labor, and getting shit on at the same time.

      • Anonymous says:

        Natural selection is about selection that happens in nature. We no longer live in nature as far as I can tell. We live in environment that allows almost anybody to reproduce before dying, unlike in nature. That is why even if we kill all people that are unhealthy it will still be useless – unless we can prevent them from having children.

        • Natural selection has nothing to do with the place we call nature. It’s just about breeding. Surviving isn’t enough to get to have sex and children. What has changed is the things you need to do to get to breed, nothing else. Natural selection is still taking place.