Japan care home attack: Suspect 'wanted all disabled people to disappear'

A 26-year-old local man has been arrested following Japan's worst mass-killing since World War II

Police outside the care home at Sagamihara, where 19 people were killed on Monday

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A 26-year-old local man has been arrested following Japan's worst mass-killing since World War II. 

Journalist Anna Fifield has given talkRADIO listeners some background information about the suspect in the knife attack at a Japanese care home for disabled people in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, which left 19 people dead on Monday.

The Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility was broken into on Monday, with the perpetrator stabbing 10 men and nine women to death. The victims were aged between 18 and 75. 

Satoshi Uematsu walked into a police station and gave himself up after the attack, which also injured 26. It is the country's worst mass killing since World War II.

Fifield, the Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington Post, told Paul Ross about the suspect.

"He's 26-years-old, a local man," she said.

"He lives about 500 metres from where he allegedly carried out this attack. 

"He reportedly has a history of saying very distasteful things about disabled people – he wrote a long and rambling letter to the speaker of the Parliament in Japan, saying they should be euthanised.

"In the early hours of this morning, he reportedly broke into the care centre and went on this rampage.

"Afterwards he allegedly drove the the police station, turned himself in, and said he wanted all disabled people to disappear."

Listen to the full interview above

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