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Mass killing suspect said 'Hitler's ideas' came to him in February

SAGAMIHARA, Kanagawa -- Suspected care home mass murderer Satoshi Uematsu told staff at a hospital in February that he agreed with the ideas of Adolf Hitler, city officials here have told the Mainichi Shimbun.

"The ideas of Hitler came to me two weeks ago," he was quoted as saying. The Nazi government implemented a forced euthanasia program for the congenitally disabled, referred to by the Third Reich as "useless eaters" and "life unworthy of life."

Uematsu, 26, was sent by the Sagamihara Municipal Government to a hospital in late February this year, and he was interviewed by the Kanagawa Prefectural Police on Feb. 19 to determine the necessity of having him committed. During the interview, Uematsu apparently stated matter-of-factly that "there are 800 million disabled people in the world, and money is being spent on them. That money should be used for something else."

According to the city, Uematsu's affirmation of Nazi ideology was one of the deciding factors in having him committed to hospital.

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