While most of Japan is fixated on various stories associated with the Olympics, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that July 26 marks the five-year anniversary of what is now often referred to as the “Sagamihara stabbings.”

In the early hours of July 26, 2016, a former employee of the Tsukui Yamayuri-en care home in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, broke in and killed 19 residents between the ages of 19 and 70 with a knife, injuring 26 others. Later sentenced to death, the killer believed he didn’t deserve such a harsh sentence and that people with disabilities that are unable to communicate can only “create unhappiness in society.”

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