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Woman arrested over death of 42-year-old disabled daughter

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Police in Sapporo said Thursday they have arrested a 64-year-old woman over the death of her 42-year-old mentally disabled daughter whose body was found at their apartment in Nishi Ward.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Kazuko Sato, stabbed her daughter Yukiko in the neck on Wednesday morning. Hokkaido Shimbun reported that Sato called her sister and said she had killed Yukiko. Police came to the apartment and found Yukiko's body with a stab wound to her neck.

Sato was found about an hour later in her car near a park in nearby Ishikari City. Police said she had stabbed herself in the neck, but her condition is not life-threatening.

Sato was quoted by police as saying that she felt sorry for her daughter and if anything should happen to her, Yukiko would be all alone.

Yukiko spent weekdays in an institution and usually went home to her mother on weekends. However, police said she did not return to the institution after going home on May 16.

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very sad story, the Government and the society should help the disabled people,

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Government and the society should help the disabled people,

?? the gov't provided 5-days a week care for this woman. what more could it have done?

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very sad story, the Government and the society should help the disabled people

Considering the fact that Japan is one of the top countries for government assistance for the disabled as well as great facilities, I'd recommend researching the topic before commenting.

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This is heartbreaking.

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@ Dadude,

I suspect Japan is also one of the top countries in putting out disabled people too, and that really takes the wind out of the sails of how "nice" the government is.

Obstetricians are sub-par. They fail to detect obvious defects. They are not even required to suggest a test for Down's syndrome, and that in a country where age of motherhood is getting later and later. Why doesn't the government require them to suggest a test or even warn pregnant women of the odds of Down's? To alleviate those sub-par obstetricians of responsibility should they get it wrong.

The result? People who cannot handle disabled children get them anyway. People who do not have the familial resources get them anyway, and it sure sounds like this woman had no family support. And adoption? In this country, its a joke. The waiting list is two years at least to find an adoptive parent, and by that time, much wanted babies are now toddlers. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

And yes, the government took care of her on weekdays. That means the mother could work. How did her weekends go? Taking care of a disabled girl. I am surprised she lasted 42 years.

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Being the mother of a disabled child, i really feel for this woman. It's not much of a life looking after a disabled child and their future when your'e gone is always on your mind.

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My uncle rececived an MBE from the queen a few years ago because of this exact issue. My cousin (his son) had a brain haemorrhage at birth and was severely disabled. He`s now in his late 40s. My aunt and uncle campaigned and fundraised for years to set up a unique village for adults just like my cousin whose main caregivers have passed, staffed by nurses and specialists. My aunt and uncle are both still here but in their seventies now. They cant care for him any more, but they visit him at the centre all the time. Its a terrible thing to have to worry about constantly, and my heart goes out to people like Denise Nisurai.

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@living memory, in the govt housing where Iam , live a mother and daughter who seem to be Japanese. The woman who could be between 50 and 60 walks with a crutch and on the fatty side. Her daughter who seem to be with no physical defect is on the obese side. The daughter is mentally challenged as she would shout as if she's fighting somebody. She usually ride a trike similar to the one use by the grannies. Both are obviously not working and they live comparatively well. This kind of welfare is a losing battle since you see no sense of gratitude nor see an end to it. The woman must be in her 30's or 40's and throughout she and her mother are govt supported. They are a pitiful lot. I haven't seen the daughter in a while since Iam too busy but when I see the daughter I might be mean but hearing her keep swearing in a loud voice and looking obtusely at people along the way makes me feel the welfare is a waste. It shld have been given to me instead!

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Very sad this news made me cry....... But why other commentors always said its Government fault, does government can control the mind of people?

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I am in the exact position, I have a brother with a brain injury and he need caring for. I wish that I was not it this position. I can really really get to you. The things that cross your mine at times in this situation. during the week he when miss for 12 hour. I found out he visit my ex wife still thinking I live there and that waS 10 YEARS ago. It is the wrong thing to do but man I can understand where she is coming from. I wonder all the time about if I die what will happen to him. I do want him to be a burden on new family. They say it OK but but What can one do

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Considering the fact that Japan is one of the top countries for government assistance for the disabled as well as great facilities, I'd recommend researching the topic before commenting.

In this case the mother was lucky she only had to take care of her on weekends. My Japanese mother-in-law has no such luck. She has to go through a lot of trouble just to send her son somewhere for 1 day. He is eligible for government assistance but every place just says they are booked or he would be too much trouble, etc.

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@ Dadude

"Considering the fact that Japan is one of the top countries for government assistance for the disabled as well as great facilities, I'd recommend researching the topic before commenting."

What are you basing this view on? It should be better than most countries in the world as Japan is incredibly wealthy. Are you saying it is one of the best of all the wealthy countries?

My experience of the facilities and support for disabled people in Japan is very disappointing. Visibly underfunded and an attitude that they should all be looked after at home and are a burden. It wasn't until quite recently they were even allowed into schools.

Most school buildings are completely unsuitable for disabled children from example, leaving parents to scrap for places in newly built schools.

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