And yet the killer was allowed to go free? (“Despite signs, killer slipped through the cracks,” July 28.) The Keystone Koban Kops really didn’t treat Satoshi Uematsu’s very troubling threats too seriously, nor did the “highly educated” mental health experts who briefly attempted to provide him with “therapy.”

Uematsu’s letter screams danger and a threat that should have been taken much more seriously. Do disabled lives matter? Uematsu should never have been allowed his freedom after making known his intentions back in February.

Oh well, very little news is shocking anymore. Finance Minister Taro Aso will probably be relieved that the government won’t have to provide anymore expensive residential care for the victims of Uematsu’s deadly attack. I wonder how many sociopathic Japanese were inspired by Aso’s gaffe a few years back when he commented so cynically about the terminally ill and the disabled: “Hurry up and die.”


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