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Almost no progress made on assisted evacuation plans for elderly and disabled living in 2018 Japan rain disaster-affected areas

“OSAKA — More than 80% of municipalities in three western Japan prefectures that saw high casualties in last summer’s torrential rain disaster have since failed to update or review the way they implement assisted evacuation lists for residents that would have difficulty fleeing on their own, such as the elderly or people with disabilities, a Mainichi Shimbun survey has shown.”

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Hotels slow to introduce Barrier-Free rooms for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

“Hotel operators in Tokyo have been slow to respond to the calls from the Japanese and Tokyo metropolitan governments to step up the introduction of barrier-free guest rooms ahead of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in the Japanese capital, leading to complaints by some wheelchair users that there are not enough rooms they can use. Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, central Tokyo, is one exception.”

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At G-20 dinner, Prime Minister Abe calls installing elevators at Osaka Castle a ‘big mistake’ [A ‘Disability News Japan’ Podcast]

“A remark made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Group of 20 dinner that the installation of elevators at Osaka Castle was a “big mistake” has been criticized as lacking consideration for disabled people and especially inappropriate ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics next year.”

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Japan’s Local Govts Increasing Disabled Job Applicants to include those with mental or intellectual disabilities

“An increasing number of prefectural governments and ordinance-designated major cities in Japan are expanding the scope of disabled people qualified to take exams for regular jobs at the public-sector offices to include those with mental or intellectual disabilities. Previously, the job exams had been available to people with physical disabilities.”

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At G-20 Summit dinner, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says installing elevators at Osaka Castle a “big mistake”

“Although Osaka Castle was mostly destroyed by fire due to chaos caused by the Meiji Restoration 150 years ago, the tenshukaku (the tallest tower) was faithfully restored about 90 years ago to how it was in the 16th century,” Abe said at the dinner he hosted Friday as chairman of the G-20 summit in Osaka. “But they made only one big mistake — they went so far as to install elevators.”

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To increase understanding of autism, a Hyogo Prefecture NPO holds ‘simulation’ workshops

“To  deepen an understanding about the “lack of understanding” that people with autism and other intellectual disabilities experience in their daily lives, the NPO ‘Nuturing Society Connecting Hands in Sanda City’, an NPO that holds workshops in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture (amongst other places), for disabled people and their families has been formed. “

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Following Revision to Employment Promotion Act for Persons with Disabilities, some plans announced

“In response to the problem of the employment of disabled people by the central ministries and agencies, the revised Employment Promotion Act for Disabled Persons, including measures to prevent recurrence, passed unanimously at the General Assembly of the House of Councilors on June 7th. There were 15 incidental resolutions made by the upper house. Enforcement begins on April 1st, 2020 with some exceptions.”

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Does the shoe fit for a disabled person applying to be a volunteer at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games?

“I was curious as to how a disabled person like myself – my feet are of different sizes (my left is wider and a little shorter than my right) – might give the correct shoes size to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Organizers. There wasn’t, initially at least, a way to communicate the relevant information on the form provided.”

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Tokyo’s Narita Airport to test Self-driving Wheelchairs

“In a statement from Panasonic, Juichi Hirasawa, senior vice president of ANA, said, “ANA’s partnership with Panasonic will make Narita Airport more welcoming and accessible, both of which are crucial to maintaining the airport’s status as a hub for international travel in the years to come. The robotic wheelchairs are just the latest element in ANA’s multi-faceted approach to improving hospitality in the air and on the ground.” “

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One year after Padded jobs scandal, Japan to make a second attempt to increase disability employment numbers

“Japan’s National Personnel Authority announced on the 18th May that it will carry out a national government employee’s employment examination for persons with disabilities in 2019. Applications will be accepted in June in response to the problem of the employment of disabled people in central ministries and agencies identified in 2018 when 754 people passed in the first examination for disabled people, and the ratio for the number of applicants was about 12 times smaller.”

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Japan’s Diet revised Employment Bill regarding disabled people passes the House of Representatives unanimously

“The bill revising the Employment Promotion Act for Persons with Disabilities, which includes measures to prevent the government from interpreting the criteria arbitrarily when hiring people with disabilities in response to the central government ministries’s problem of employment of disabled people The ball was voted on and unanimously passed to the House of Councilors.”