“Return!” Misery for Woman in Tears as her Wheelchair is Stolen / Japan Disabled People Times 日本の障害者向け新聞

“Return!” Misery for Woman in Tears as her Wheelchair is Stolen

Fuji Television System (FNN)

A 62 – year – old woman in Kanagawa – Yokohama City had her wheelchair stolen that she says is “part of her body” The wheelchair user is Katsuko.

Katsuko has been using a wheelchair for 20 years. Katsuko posted on her own SNS on 24th is spread through the internet and attracting attention. Katsuko wrote in the Facebook on February 24 that “Wheelchair is what I enrich my life, my body is!

The wheelchair Katsuko cherished was stolen. Katsuko parked the wheelchair as usual. Afterwards, the figure of a man was witnessed leaving with the wheelchair. The wheelchair was stolen within the premises of a hospital in Kohoku Ward, Yokohama. It was before noon on the 24th.

Katsuko said, “How did declare put it on a form?” This is how it was, I brought only valuable. ” Katsuko has relied on a wheelchair for most of her life due to childhood paralysis. This time, she walked into the hospital, returning after seeing the doctor and found the wheelchair was gone.

Katsuko said, “Men brought wheelchairs,” A woman who goes to the same hospital as Katsuko was a witness. According to the woman, the man is in his fifties, sat on the wheelchair after pulling a stick and approaching a wheelchair, she said:

“It’s a beautiful wheelchair”,

The man answered “Well” and left the place.

Katsuko’s wheelchair was custom made four years ago over and cost 550,000 yen

After being stolen, she uses an alternative wheelchair, but she says it is inconvenient for her body. Katsuko said, “It is a stolen wheelchair … It really matches my body and it’s my body with my legs and I think that it’s fashion, just make it a brilliant color, a noticeable color So I chose a very affection, is not it that it is not there, honesty. ” Katsuko submitted a damage report to the police.

The police are investigating as a case of theft.

Katsuko says, “I do not want to ask questions about sin, I just want you to just return it. It is fine even if you leave it here. Even if you put it in a prominent place of the station, Please tell me.”



Japan Disabled People Times 日本の障害者向け新聞

October 26th 2017 marks exactly one year and three months since the killing of disabled people in care home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on July 26th 2016. The suspect still awaits trial. Trials take a long a time in Japan to convene and in the meantime, and other events have made the news in Japan that concern disabled people. Here are two such stories:

Care home trainee arrested for allegedly seriously injuring resident

From The Mainichi September 12, 2017

UTSUNOMIYA — A trainee at a care home supporting people with intellectual disabilities has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting and seriously injuring a resident, investigative sources said.

The 22-year-old suspect, who was undergoing training to work at the facility, Bi Buraito, in Utsunomiya, stands accused of inflicting bodily injury. His name was not immediately disclosed.

Tochigi Prefectural Police also questioned a woman in her 20s, who previously worked at the care home, suspecting that she knows the details of the incident, but later became unable to contact her.

The 22-year-old suspect allegedly assaulted the 28-year-old victim living at Bi Buraito in mid-April this year, leaving him with severe injuries including broken bones, according to the sources.

The victim complained that he fell ill at around noon of April 16 and took a rest in his room within the facility, according to Zuihokai, a social welfare corporation that operates the facility, and other sources. He was rushed to the hospital by ambulance at around 8 p.m. on the same day after his blood pressure fell and he became drowsy.

Doctors at the hospital found that the man had his lumbar spine broken and had lost about a liter of blood from his lien. He was diagnosed with injuries that would take six months to heal. The victim had fallen unconscious at one point but subsequently regained consciousness. He is reportedly undergoing treatment in Tokyo.

The victim’s mother said she is glad that her son survived the incident even though he shows facial expressions suggesting stress.

“My son sometimes shows expressions I had never seen before. It may be because of post-traumatic stress disorder, but I’m glad that he’s alive,” she told the Mainichi Shimbun.

The prefectural police searched the facility, the Zuihokai head office and other related locations on Sept. 11 over the case and confiscated data on individual workers and documents on past accidents. Investigators are also analyzing security video footage at the facility.

The suspect is a resident of another care home for people with disabilities in Tochigi Prefecture that Zuihokai runs, according to officials at Bi Buraito. At the time of the incident, the man was undergoing training at Bi Buraito as part of a program to help him reintegrate into society.


81-yr-old man charged over woman’s death in wheelchair accident on escalator

From Japan Today October 24th 2017

TAKAMATSU, Kagawa Prefecture

An 81-year-old man has been charged with negligent homicide in an incident in July, in which a 76-year-old woman died after a wheelchair fell on her as she was using an escalator at a furniture store in Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture.

The incident took place at the Nitori Yumetown Takamatsu store in Takamatsu City’s Kamitenjincho at around 10:40 a.m. on July 11. The man was pushing his wife’s wheelchair up the escalator on their way to the store’s third floor, but lost his balance as the two were about to get off. The two fell down the escalator, hitting a woman who was behind them, Fuji TV reported

The victim, Harumi Watanabe, died approximately eight hours later from her injuries. The woman in the wheelchair suffered a bone fracture and her husband light injuries.

The store was equipped with an elevator and had warning signs not to use strollers and wheelchairs on the escalator.

Police said Tuesday that the man has admitted he was negligent and quoted him as saying he was truly sorry. He told police that he used the escalator without giving it much thought.

Cause of Death of an Intellectually Disabled Man in Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture is Unknown

Translated from The Asahi Shimbun 14th October 2017

A man, who was in his 50’s, was living in a support facility for the disabled in Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture, suffered an injury that damaged his internal organs and he later died.

The autopsy revealed that the cause of death was unknown, and the prefectural police are investigating how the man may have died.

According to officials carrying out the investigation, in July, an unusual condition was found with regards to his physical condition, and he was transported to a hospital. Internal organs injuries were discovered, and he was admitted and had surgery, but he died on the 9th of October. It has been stated that man had an intellectual disability. The prefectural police are listening to accounts from staff members.

According to the homepage of the support facility where the deceased was a resident, the facility supports intellectually disabled people, through providing meals and bathing facilities and other similar activities.