MercatorNet: Japan’s massacre of disabled goes unnoticed . But wait…

From Rachel Adams at MercatorNet,

Mass killings in Paris, Nice, Orlando, Kabul and Baghdad draw world-wide attention. Japan’s tragedy vanished

On July 26, 2016 a man wielding a knife broke into Tsukui Yamayuriena, a home for the disabled outside of Tokyo and brutally murdered 19 people as they slept, while injuring another 26. Afterwards, he turned himself in to a local police station, with the explanation:

“It is better that the disabled disappear.”

Disability advocates have expressed dismay that the massacre – Japan’s deadliest mass killing since World War II – has received so little attention relative to mass killings in Paris, Nice, Orlando, Kabul and Baghdad.More.

Reality check:Adams, who studies disability issues, blames “institutionalization.” While institutionalization is responsible for its fair share of evils, I am skeptical here. There has to also be something in Japanese culture that prompts this response:

For example, families of those who died at Tsukui Yamayurien chose not to identify their names. I believe it is the logic of institutionalization that motivated their decisions. So great is their shame that the victims’ families would prefer the dead to remain anonymous and unmemorialized than admit to having a disabled relative.

Excuse me, that’s nonsense. We had big institutions in Canada too decades ago. But people would not behaved that way if a felon had broken in and massacred residents.

Back then, people would have bought tickets to see him hanged.

Quit blaming the West for everything. You just become an obstacle to real paths forward.

In the United States, this same reasoning lies behind hundreds of thousands of graves marked only with numbers at the cemeteries of former state asylums and hospitals. In recent years, advocates have sought to identify the dead, both to redress past crimes and to insist on the value of disabled lives in the present.

Hold on. What you are reporting is pretty much the opposite of the present-day Japanese families’ response—and the present-day American “advocates” never even knew the deceased…

Quit not blaming the Japanese for anything. The Japanese families’ “shame” arises within their own shame-and-honour culture and – if they ever get tired of that stuff, they’re the only ones who can fix it.

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