The Complete Collection of Reprinted Materials of Mentally-handicapped People After WWⅡ
A hundred years have passed since Dr. Syuuzou Kure, the greatest psychiatrist in modern Japan, said in 1918 ; Several hundreds of thousands of mental patients in our country are unfortunate, not only because of the disease itself, but also because they were born in this country.
In comparison with 1918, mentally handicapped people after WWⅡ, as a result of their own action, caused dramatic changes with regard to their human rights.
After being defeated in WWⅡ, Japanese people got the New D
emocratic Constitution that guaranteed fundamental human rights. Before the war, mental patients were just patients, but after the war, they could refer to themselves as mentally handicapped or challenged persons, rather than just patients.
Therefore we reprinted many articles written by mentally challenged people, in particular many magazines with small circulation (mini-commi magazines in Japanese) .
On the other hand we can see the major problem associated with the Japanese mental disease policy in these articles. Although the patients receive medicines and no patient is forced to remain in a prison-room at home, many patients are forced to stay in hospital for a long time, usually for several decades.
We still have many problems with regard to the medical treatment and policies concerning mental disease. We hope you can follow the journey of mentally challenged people in “this country” and gain some insight into their situation, by reading between the lines.
The Complete Collection of Reprinted Materials of Mentally-handicapped People After WWⅡ,
edited and reprinted in 2018,
300,000 Yen (total all volumes),
with commentary and edited by Yasuo Okada,
edited and published by Rikka-Press.