Victims of mass murder at Japan care home remembered on 5th anniv.

Kyodo -- Jul 26
Bereaved families and local officials remembered Monday the victims of a stabbing rampage at a care home for the mentally disabled near Tokyo five years ago that became one of Japan's worst mass murders.

Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa and Kazuma Otsuki, who heads a group formed by the families of victims, offered flowers at a cenotaph on the grounds of Tsukui Yamayuri En, where a former employee killed 19 residents and injured 24 others, on July 26, 2016. Two employees were also hurt.

The home has been rebuilt and is due to accept back residents there next Sunday.

The former employee, care worker Satoshi Uematsu, 31, is on death row with his death sentence having been finalized in March last year after he withdrew his appeal. He said during his trial that disabled people who are unable to communicate "create unhappiness in society."

- Kyodo