Eiichiro Kumazawa

Kumazawa, EiichiroName: Eiichiro Kumazawa.
Died: June 1, 2019.
Age at death: 44.
Cause of death: Murder (Stabbed).
Location: Tokyo, Japan.

Details:
Eiichiro, after being bullied in school as a child, eventually withdrew into his house and stopped going out.

Eiichiro’s father stabbed him to death in a premeditated attack. He claimed self-defense, but Eiichiro had 36 stab wounds, while his father was barely scratched. Prosecutors pointed out that had Eiichiro’s father been worried about his son’s violent behavior, he could easily have consulted a doctor.

Eiichiro may not have been autistic. He was, however, a hikikomori (shut-in) with a developmental disorder. –Ed.

References:
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Hiroki Naito

Name: Hiroki Naito.
Died: November 26, 2018.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Multiple murder (Strangled).
Location: Ono, Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

Other victim: Kyoko Naito, age 69; had diabetes and was bedbound.

Details:
Hiroki’s father killed him and his mother Kyoko by strangling them with a necktie.

Hiroki’s sister, who has a mild disability herself, was not attacked and survived the incident. His father was arrested.

Editor’s note: Hiroki may not have been autistic. He is described in the article as a “hikikomori”, or shut-in, someone who reacts to the stresses of everyday life by withdrawing to their room or their house. This phenomenon, primarily Japanese, is known to be associated with autism, especially mild autism in people who have been trying to function like neurotypicals. However, it also affects people with depression, social anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

References:
Man arrested for killing bedridden wife, ‘hikikomori’ son
Gifu: Man strangles bedridden wife and shut-in son

19-year-old male

Name Unknown.
Died: July 13, 2017.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Heat stroke (Left in hot van).
Location: Ageo, Japan.

Details:
This 19-year-old young man was a resident of a care facility for disabled children and young adults. He was left alone in a van at nine in the morning. Temperatures that day rose to 33 degrees Celsius, and when he was discovered at 4 p.m. and rushed to the hospital, it was too late to save his life.

References:
2 men get suspended sentence for death of mentally disabled man left in car
Hot Car Death: Autistic Teenager In Japan Dies After Being Left In Van For Hours By Caregivers
Mentally disabled youth dies after left in hot van in Saitama for six hours
Mentally ill Japanese man dies after being left in hot car
Mentally-Disabled Japanese Man Dies After Being Left Inside Hot Van for 6 Hours
Autistic teenager dies after carers leave him in hot minibus
Autistic teenager dies after being left by carers in hot minibus for six hours
Young man dies after nursing care facility workers left him in car for hours
Ex-manager of disabled facility in Saitama accused of molesting staff member on day patient died

Miho

Photo of a teenage Japanese girl wearing a school coat and backpack, smiling.Name: Miho (Family name unknown).
Died: July 26, 2016.
Age at death: 19.
Cause of death: Mass murder (Stabbing).
Location: Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan.

Details:
Miho was a friendly young woman who didn’t speak much, but was good at making friends. She “embraced life”, her family says. “She had a lovely smile and was adorable and a source of pride… the more time passes by, the stronger our desire to meet her again becomes.”

Miho liked music, and she was a fan of anime by Studio Ghibli, like Kiki’s Delivery Service and Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

As she grew older, Miho moved into a care facility; but whenever she visited home, she hated returning there so much that her family found her a different facility, a place called Tsuki Yamayurien, or Tsuki Lily Garden.

Three months after Miho moved in, a former employee of the facility broke in in the middle of the night. He tied up staff, then went room to room, cutting the throats of anyone who didn’t respond when he spoke to them. Miho was one of nineteen who were killed. Twenty-six were injured, thirteen of those severely.

The killer, who said he wanted disabled people killed for the good of the country, was sentenced to death for the mass murder.

References:
Care home worker slit throats of 19 sleeping disabled patients ‘to rid world’
Family names rampage victim so people will remember ‘Miho’:The Asahi Shimbun
>Family discloses name of victim in 2016 massacre at Japan care home