Abe orders post-attack review of mental care
NHK -- Jul 29
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered a review of the current state system for compulsory hospitalization of people considered at risk of harming themselves or others. The request comes after the recent knife attack at a facility for people with intellectual disabilities.

Abe instructed his ministers at a meeting on Thursday. 19 people were killed in Tuesday's attack at the facility in Sagamihara. Twenty six others were injured.

The Prime Minister said it was deplorable that so many innocent, defenseless people were killed and injured. He said he offers his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.

Abe said the attack has left people feeling very anxious for their own safety. He said that from various points of view, the government must examine what needs to be done to prevent a recurrence, work out preventive measures, and implement them as quickly as possible.

In particular, Abe asked ministers to consider ways to improve safety at care facilities and the follow-up system for patients discharged from psychiatric facilities following compulsory hospitalization.

神奈川県相模原市の障害者施設で19人が死亡した事件を受けて、政府は「措置入院」の在り方の見直しなど再発防止策を検討する関係閣僚会議を開きました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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