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Group home for intellectually disabled in Amami City destroyed by fire

A fire broke out in Amami City, Kagoshima Prefecture on the night of the 14th, and one group home was completely destroyed. At the time of the fire, there were six men with intellectual disabilities in their 50s and 60s who moved into the facility, but all of them escaped safely under the guidance of the facility staff.

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Osaka Prefectural Police to encourage elderly drivers to try carless life

The Osaka prefectural police department plans to introduce a program allowing elderly drivers to experience what life without a car would be like before they actually surrender their licenses. The program will encourage elderly drivers to take public transportation or ride bicycles instead of driving a car. They will be allowed to drive while participating in the program.

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Survey conducted by Japanese newspaper reveals 80% of traffic signals to aid the blind turned off due to noise complaints

A survey conducted by the Japanese newspaper The Mainichi Shimbun that more than 80% of Japan’s accessible pedestrian signals, traffic lights that also produce sounds to let pedestrians with visual impairments know when it’s safe to cross the road, have their noise-making function muted for at least part of the day, the newspaper’s survey of the country’s 47 prefectural police forces has found.

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IPC confirms “period of stay guidelines” for Tokyo Paralympics

Para athletes taking part in the postponed Tokyo Games have been asked to arrive at the Paralympic village no earlier than seven days before the start of their first event, the International Paralympic Committee said Wednesday. The IPC guidelines are almost identical to those for Olympic athletes announced by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach last week.

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Former temporary worker arrested over alleged abuse at Aichi care home for the disabled, police investigate other possible incidents

A former temporary worker at a facility for the disabled in Higashiura Town, Aichi Prefecture, was arrested on suspicion of injury for kicking the abdomen of a resident in his 50s and causing serious injury. The man subsequently died, and police are investigating whether there are multiple other residents with similar injuries.

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Osaka court rules law allowing forced sterilization unconstitutional but dismisses claims for damages

In a lawsuit filed against the Japanese government by a married couple and a woman who were sterilized under the now-defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996), the judge ruled the law unconstitutional but dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims for a total of 5.5 million yen (approx. $53,000) in damages on Nov 30th

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“A platform door was installed at the station to prevent falling, but the door remained open”: Visually impaired man falls and dies at Toyocho Station

Around 12:45 on the afternoon of 29th November, a man fell from his platform at Toyocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line in Toyo 4, Koto-ku, Tokyo, and collided with a train (10-car train) from Nakano to Nishi-Funabashi. The man, believed to be visually impaired in his 60s living in Edogawa Ward, was taken to a hospital, but was soon confirmed dead. A platform door was installed at the station to prevent it from falling, but the door remained open before the start of operation.


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Japan’s disability groups highlight ‘sense of crisis’ over assisted reproductive technology bill

The problem is that the text of the bill requires consideration for children born via assisted reproductive technology to be born in good physical and mental health. It advocates “preventing the birth of bad offspring” and states that there is a problem that leads to the old eugenic protection law that forced people with disabilities to undergo sterilization.

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As coronavirus spreads in Japan, people with disabilities are dismissed from jobs

As the spread of the new coronavirus spreads the impact on employment, the number of people with disabilities who have been dismissed from companies has risen to about 1,200 in the six months to September, an increase of about 40% compared to the same period last year, according to the summary by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

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“Unmanned” train stations continues to pose problems for people with disabilities in Japan

“The number of “unmanned stations” without station staff all day long has risen to more than 4,500 stations, which is close to half of the stations nationwide, and is still increasing.
Under such circumstances, there are issues such as assistance to people with disabilities, so the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has set up a study group and started discussions for improvement.”

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Former employee of a facility for people with disabilities arrested, suspected of abuse due to “Stress of new coronavirus”

A camera in the facility shows multiple residents being assaulted, and a survey by Nishinomiya City revealed damage to a total of 10 men and women in their 20s and 50s in about a month. According to the city, the suspect admitted to the abuse and said, “I was busy and stressed by the new coronavirus.”

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63 new cases of coronavirus infections found in Kanagawa prefecture, many at care facilities

Yokohama City announced the infection of 42 people. A man in his 40s who used a facility for the disabled in the city was found to be infected, and the total number of infected people at this facility was four. It was also found that four women in their 40s who lived with the facility were infected on the 8th.

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Disability groups protest against Osaka Metropolis plan, concerned about welfare service disparity

On October 7th, groups of people with disabilities in the city gathered in front of the city hall to hold an opposition rally about the “Osaka Metropolis Plan” to abolish Osaka City and reorganize it into four special wards. Approximately 200 people with disabilities in wheelchairs handed out fliers, saying that there was a risk of disparity in the welfare services received by the special wards, and protested that “declining services are directly linked to life.”

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“Are people in weak positions not permitted to even make themselves heard in society?” Four disabled people in Japan have care services ended after families call for improved service

A social welfare corporation in this eastern Japan city that manages day care centers for people with disabilities and other institutions is reported to have canceled care for four residents whose families sought an improvement in services, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned from the city government and other connected persons.

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Corona threatens the life of the visually impaired “It is difficult to give instructions to guide dogs with a mask”

A survey conducted by the Japan Guide Dog Association revealed that the spread of the new coronavirus has also caused problems in the lives of visually impaired people who use guide dogs. The plight of people with disabilities who find it inconvenient to wear a mask or to keep a distance from people has become clear.

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On Respect for the Aged Day 2020 Japan has 6.17 million people who are 65 years or older

The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 36.17 million as of Tuesday, accounting for 28.7 pct of the nation’s total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed Sunday. The survey results were released ahead of Respect for the Aged Day on Monday, a national holiday.

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3.4 percent of new parents in Japan risk mental health issues

A team of Japanese researchers has found that 3.4 percent of couples raising children under the age of 1 are facing risks of mental health issues, it was learned Thursday. Both partners are experiencing downturns in their mental health due to such reasons as the husband having to work long hours and the wife being sleep-deprived, according to the study by the National Center for Child Health and Development.