Name: Teruko Fujiwara. Died: November 2, 2022. Age at death: 79. Cause of death: Drowning. Location: Oiso, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Disability: Unspecified; wheelchair user.
Ms. Fujiwara’s husband had been her caregiver for 40 years since she was injured and started using a wheelchair. The two were planning to enter an assisted-living facility, and Ms. Fujiwara was looking forward to it. But her husband did not want to accept help; he took her to the pier and pushed her out of her wheelchair and into the ocean, where she drowned. Police say he admitted to the murder, saying he was “worn out” from looking after her.
Ms. Fujiwara leaves behind two grown sons.
Hiroshi Fujiwara (Husband), convicted of murder, sentenced to 3 years.
Name: Megumi Yamada. Died: April 13, 2022. Age at death: 46. Cause of death: Suffocation. Location: Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. Disability: Unspecified; bedridden.
Megumi’s mother turned up at the police station and allegedly confessed to killing her, saying that she was “tired of taking care of” Megumi. Police investigated and found Megumi dead in her home; she had been strangled and smothered with plastic wrap.
Fumiko Yamada (Mother), charged with murder.
Name: Shuji Sugisawa. Died: July 7, 2021. Age at death: 93. Cause of death: Broken neck. Location: Hekinan, Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Disability: Wheelchair user.
Mr. Sugisawa died of a broken neck. Police say his son admitted to them that he had grabbed his father and shaken him violently, and that he had abused his father before by deliberately burning him.
Name: Nanako Tokutani. Died: February 13, 2021. Age at death: 10. Cause of death: Drowning. Location: Kawakami, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Disability: Unspecified.
Police found Nanako’s body floating in a lake, and her father, soaked with water, in his car in the parking lot. He allegedly kidnapped her from her special needs school, took her to the lake, and drowned her. He told police that his daughter’s disability was “a burden to [his] wife” and that he wanted to “escape this life”.
Kazuhiko Tokutani (Father), suspected of murder.
Name: Saburo Sato. Died: December 30, 2020. Age at death: 73. Cause of death: Injuries from assault. Location: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Disability: Dementia.
Mr. Sato’s son is accused of beating him in the head and stomach; police say he admitted to the charge, saying he had “lost patience” with his father due to his dementia. When Mr. Sato lost consciousness, his son called emergency services, but he was declared dead at the hospital.
Seiichi Sato (Son), arrested on suspicion of murder.