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Osaka Court Rejects Damages Claim over Forced Sterilization

The Osaka District Court on Thursday dismissed a damages lawsuit filed against the government by a couple with disabilities over forced sterilization conducted under the now-defunct eugenic protection law.The ruling came even after Osaka and Tokyo high courts ordered the government to pay damages in similar suits on forced sterilization in February and March, respectively.

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U.N. Committee reporting on disability in Japan raises concerns about “insufficient” involvement of disabled people, lack of awareness of the rights of the disabled

A U.N. Committee dealing with the rights of people with disabilities in Japan, on Friday 9th September, expressed its concerns that the involvement people with disabilities was “insufficient” when legislation was passed and public policy was being formed and set.

Disability Education Human Rights Japan

Japan’s Education Minister “not thinking” about ending segregated education for disabled, as suggested by U.N., claiming it promotes “inclusive education”

On September 13, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Keiko Nagaoka spoke to reporters after a Cabinet meeting, regarding the United Nations’ strong request to the Japanese government to end the current special needs education, citing that it is “separating” children with disabilities from regular education. At a press conference, she said, “I’m not thinking of canceling special needs education.”

Barrier Free Disability Japan

Ten years after its creation, use of ‘Help Mark’ symbol spreading in Japan

Created by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 2012 to help people with hidden impediments, or “invisible disabilities.” This includes people with prosthetic legs, artificial joints, internal ailments, and rare diseases. However public recognition of the sign remained low. The free-of-charge distribution of tags with the symbol had begun in all 47 prefectures in the country by October 2021.

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Due to a lack of barrier free facilities, mixed-ability sports in Japan is a work in progress

According to a 2021 survey conducted by the Sasakawa Sports Foundation (SSF), Japan only has about 150 sports facilities used either exclusively or preferentially by people with a disability. This is a very small figure when set against the about 9.64 million people across the country who have a disability.

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Japanese convenience store Lawson to introduce ‘pointing sheet’ to aid deaf and hearing impaired

From August 30th, Lawson will install a pointing sheet at the checkout counters at all stores so that people with hearing disabilities can shop with peace of mind. It is said that this is because the staff members have also started wearing masks due to the corona crisis, making it difficult to understand what they are saying by looking at their mouths.

Disability Discrimination Japan United Nations

“The government’s response did not accurately convey the current situation”: Japanese people with disabilities respond to UN review of Japan’s anti disability discrimination laws

While they expressed a sense of accomplishment, saying, “By talking directly with the committee members, they were able to gain a deeper understanding of Japan’s issues,” some expressed anger, saying, “The government’s response did not accurately convey the current situation.”

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Experts of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Commend Japan on Providing Compensation to Victims of Eugenic Surgery, Ask Questions on Institutionalisation and Inclusive Education

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Japan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Committee Experts commended Japan’s compensation of victims of eugenic surgery, while asking questions on institutionalisation and inclusive education.

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“Your disability certificate is fake” bus driver in Japan refuses male passenger with a disability over possibly expired disability certificate

A 52-year-old male driver of Orihime Bus, a route bus in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, told a male passenger with a left leg and heart trouble to get off the bus early and said, “Your disability certificate is a fake,” according to an interview with the bus company Kiryu Asahi Jidosha and the city, which outsources its operation. According to the company, the driver had said that he had been given a disability certificate for six months.

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United Nations to review Japan’s compliance regarding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the first time

From the 22nd, the United Nations will examine the status of the Japanese government’s efforts regarding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has been signed by more than 180 countries. This is the first time for Japan to be screened, and a meeting to be held in Geneva, Switzerland will also include an opportunity to interview people with disabilities.

Disability Disasters Japan

Wide-area evacuation drills held in Tokyo for people with severe disabilities

An NPO that supports the independent living of people with disabilities in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward is looking for evacuation measures for people with severe disabilities in preparation for large-scale floods. The welfare evacuation shelters designated by the ward are limited to one companion, making it difficult for people with disabilities who need multiple hands to assist. However, even if you try to evacuate outside the ward with a helper or family before a typhoon hits, there are problems associated with traveling long distances.

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Japanese NPO suspected of facilitating transplant using trafficked kidney, donor was a Ukrainian woman

A Tokyo-based nonprofit organization is suspected of having facilitated an overseas living donor kidney transplant that used a trafficked kidney. Audio and video recordings obtained by The Yomiuri Shimbun and interviews with individuals affiliated with the NPO reveal that the donor was a Ukrainian woman who was having financial difficulties, and that the price for her kidney was about $15,000 (¥2 million).

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Osaka City dispatches medical teams to facilities for people with disabilities with guidance on measures against COVID

As the spread of the new coronavirus continues, medical teams have been dispatched to facilities for people with disabilities, where normal infection control measures are difficult, such as being unable to wear masks, and efforts have begun to provide guidance on infection control measures.