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Disability History Japan

One-legged pilot training to rejoin unit [From The Japan Times 1944]

“[A]ttention may have been attracted by the pathetic yet manly sight of a young non-commissioned officer in the white uniform of an army patient, handling the plane and operating the rudder bar with his artificial limb. The young soldier is Sgt. Maj. Mitsumasa Seo, who, though minus one leg, is awaiting the day when he may again resume his service with the Army Air Corps, reports the Asahi.”

Disability Employment Japan Padded Jobs

Draft Employment Act For Disabled Persons to be announced by Japanese Parliament early January

“A draft of the bill to revise the Employment Promotion Act for Persons with Disabilities submitted to the ordinary Diet session next year by the government will be announced on Thursday 3rd 2019 January, to deal with the problem in increasing the employment of persons with disabilities such as central ministries.”

Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

Kobe District Court hears first arguments over two couples ‘still suffering’ after forced sterilization

Plaintiffs are acting names of both Mr. Takaji Kobayashi (86) and Ms. Kimiko (86) in Akashi-shi, Aichi Prefecture, and Tatsuo Takao and Mrs. Namie in their 70s living in the prefecture. In September this year, two pairs have filed a lawsuit as the deaf blockers for the first time.

In the court of the day, Mr. Takaru appealed in sign language that “My dream of giving birth to a child was cut off, I regretted my teeth had been feeling frustrated.”

According to the complaint, Mr. and Mrs. Kobayashi were aborted and sterilized without explanation immediately after marriage for 60 years. Mr. and Mrs. Takao were infertile surgery without explanation just before marriage in 1968.

The plaintiffs allege that the Constitution guaranteed by the old law infringed the right to pursue happiness and reproductive rights (sexual and reproductive rights).

Over the old law, a total of 15 people have filed suit in six nationwide districts so far. Discrimination has already begun in Tokyo, Sendai, Osaka etc.

Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

Man goes public in fight against gov’t over forced sterilization operation

“The 75-year-old man, now using the name of Saburo Kita is the fifth defendant to reveal his face among 13 who are suing the government over the sterilization procedure under the old law, and is a joint representative of a victims’ organization. The third hearing of his damages trial is scheduled to take place at the Tokyo District Court on Dec. 20.”

Disability Japan Paralympics Tokyo 2020

Swimming club highlights need to change Japanese society’s attitudes towards disability

“Amid growing public attention and heightened expectations for athletes with impairments ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, critics argue that not many people with a disability in Japan regularly exercise or play sports due to limited opportunities compared with those for people without a disability.”

Dementia Disability Japan

Japan’s 5 million dementia patients hold ¥143 trillion — and both numbers are on the rise

“a social worker in Kyoto, says she has seen many cases of dementia patients withdrawing large sums without a clear grasp of what they are doing or why. In one example, she said, a woman in her 90s withdrew ¥20 million ($266,000) of her savings at a grandson’s urging.
“She was saying she withdrew nine or ten. It took me a while to realize she was talking about a number of banknote rolls,” A roll is typically one hundred ¥10,000 notes. “It was clearly a case of abuse.”

Disability Independent Living Japan Nursing Care

Limits set for house calls by foreign nursing care workers in Japan

“Under the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law (see below) set to take effect in April next year, foreign workers in the nursing care business will be in supplementary roles such as helping the elderly with eating and bathing at relevant facilities, and basically will not provide home-visit care services.”

Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

‘Return my body that can bear children’: Testimony begins in Osaka eugenics case

“The central government has taken the stance that it will fight the suit demanding 33 million yen in compensation, but did not make any mention of its position on the constitutionality of the now-defunct law. Facing the courtroom to give her testimony, the woman lamented, “Give me back a body that can bear children.” “

Disability Discrimination Wheelchair

Major suds makers take varied approach to beer tasting by electric wheelchair users

“Disabled rights advocacy groups point out that electric wheelchairs are treated the same as pedestrians under the Road Traffic Act, and pedestrians are not prohibited from drinking alcohol. Therefore, they say, banning chair users from tasting at beer factories constitutes discrimination under the Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities. They want the ban removed from the NPA guidelines.”

Disability Employment Japan Padded Jobs

Govt accepting unified exam applications from the disabled

“Through the exams, comprising first-round paper tests set for February and subsequent interviews by separate government bodies, a total of 676 people will be hired. The final passers will be posted on March 22.The authority said people can take the exams if two or more years have passed since their junior high school graduation and they have certificates for their disabilities. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 14.”

Disability Independent Living Japan

Fewer foreigners than expected coming to Japan to work as caregiver trainees

“The government is aiming for the nursing care sector to account for 50,000 to 60,000 of those jobs to help make up for a shortage of 340,000 caregivers expected by 2025. But that projection may look overly optimistic, especially in the face of competition from countries including Germany, Singapore and the United States, which also have a shortage of caregivers.”

Disability Japan Sagamihara

“Looking to people with disabilities” a bereaved family writes about Sagamihara killing case

“At the disabled facility “Tsukui Yamayuri Garden” in Sagamihara City, where 19 inhabitants were killed in July 2016, a bereaved family who lost their son (then 41)  wrote a note which was printed in Kyodo News, saying “I would like to see you My thoughts are getting stronger. ” It is two years and four months since the occurrence on 26th. “We are paying more attention to people with disabilities”. ”

Disability Earthquake Hokkaido Independent Living Japan

Quake-hit Hokkaido to build large temp homes for elderly, disabled to keep communities

“The northernmost prefecture plans to have the facilities ready for prospective residents before the end of this year, they said. Hokkaido has devised the plan so that these people displaced by the quake can stay together and maintain their communities. It is hoped that the arrangement can prevent their health from worsening due to sudden changes in their living conditions caused by the quake disaster. The project is the first of its kind in Japan, according to experts.”

Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan Sagamihara

Japan’s Dark History Of Persecuting The Disabled [Video]

“Japan’s Disability Shame: Soon after the end of the Second World War, the Japanese government began a program of forced sterilisation of its disabled population in an attempt to manage the country’s repopulation efforts. From there, a longstanding and pernicious stigma endured to the present day, where the disabled are openly shunned in society, and treated as a shameful taboo.”