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Anorexia Cases Up 60 percent among Youth in Japan amid Pandemic

New anorexia cases among people younger than 20 in Japan grew 60 pct from the previous year in fiscal 2020 amid the novel coronavirus crisis, a survey by the National Center for Child Health and Development showed Thursday.

“Stress and anxiety stemming from school closures due to the pandemic and other reasons might have affected them,” the center said.

Care Disability Japan Sagamihara

Saitama Police train for Sagamihara-like knife attack

On October 15th, a training for suspicious persons was held at Tamonji, Kazo City, Saitama Prefecture, at the “Group Home Tsukushimbo”, a communal living support facility for persons with disabilities, with the cooperation of the Kazo Police Station. They learned from the how to respond when a suspicious person invades and how to have a sense of crisis.

Disability Independent Living Japan

Japan’s Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry to ‘relax’ staff standards to increase number of independent living services

On October 1, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced at the Social Security Council’s Disability Subcommittee (chaired by Kaoru Kikuchi, Professor of Waseda University) that it would relax the staffing standards for “independent living support” for disability welfare services. It is necessary to assign a service manager to receive the designation of the business establishment of this service, but it is judged that this would be a barrier and entry will not proceed. By relaxing this standard, the number of business establishments and users would be increased.

Disability Japan Sexual abuse

Osaka man receives three years prison sentence, suspended for five years for indecent assault against woman with intellectual disabilities

It took more than four hours for the woman to verbally testify about the damage she suffered, which was a decisive factor in the indictment of Kanta Ogura, 40, a former company employee in Sakai City, Osaka, for indecent assault.

Ogura was sentenced to three years in prison suspended for five years with probation, as he had demonstrated an attitude of remorse.

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Kanagawa Governor Kuroiwa inspects facilities for persons with intellectual disabilities

Nakai Yamayurien, a prefectural facility for the mentally disabled located in Nakai Town, was found to have locked two residents in their rooms for more than 8 hours on multiple occasions in February of this year, which was recognized as abuse as it was more physical restraint than necessary. It was also found that there was a case where a child was confined to a private room for more than 20 hours, although it was not recognized as abuse.

Disability Japan Paralympics

China requests support from Japan for Beijing 2022 Games, International Paralympic Committee welcomes decision to restrict spectators to residents of China

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) welcomed the decision to allow for the sale of tickets to spectators residing in China’s mainland and will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in China’s mainland, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures, namely that “all athletes and Games participants who are fully vaccinated will enter the closed-loop management system upon arrival. Games participants who are not fully vaccinated will have to serve a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in Beijing.”

Barrier Free Japan Travel Unmanned Stations

Drivers and conductors to assist wheelchair users at Japan’s ‘unmanned stations’, draft report suggests

On the 24th, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism compiled a draft barrier-free measure to enable people with disabilities to get on and off smoothly at unmanned stations. If it is not possible to assign a staff member to assist wheelchair users in advance, the main suggestion is for drivers and conductors to get off the train and assist. Specific guidelines are to be established within the year.

Barrier Free Disability Japan

After the Paralympics, is Japan aiming to be ‘Barrier Free’ or simply ‘Contact Free’?

Japan just finished hosting the Paralympic Games, making a big show of it, and some say quite successfully given the conditions that a pandemic allows, of at least attempting to demonstrate that Japan could be a ‘barrier free society.’

However, it was reported by Jiji Press recently that the Japanese convenience store chain ‘Family Mart’ plans to open approximately 1,000 outlets with unmanned checkout counters by the end of the 2024 fiscal year.

Disability Japan Welfare

(Updated) Central Japan man, Kikuo Fujita, retroactively awarded $140k in disability pension in high court appeal

“Kikuo Fujita (78) of Hodatsushimizu Town, Ishikawa Prefecture, who has a physical disability, said that it was illegal to refuse to apply for a disability pension because he did not have a medical certificate. The appeal decision was made at the Kanazawa branch of the Nagoya High Court on the 15th. Judge Shunji Hasui decided that the government’s response was “illegal.”

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NHK lauded for deaf interpreter use in Tokyo Games ceremony broadcasts

Broadcast via NHK’s educational channel, the deaf interpreters, for whom sign language is their first language, were able to convey more detailed and nuanced coverage of the Olympic closing ceremony and Paralympic opening ceremony by communicating information provided to them by signers who can hear.

Barrier Free Disability Japan Paralympics Tourism Travel

In preparation for the ultimately spectator-less Paralympics, Japan’s hotels made efforts toward more accessible facilities

Hotel Kazusaya in Nihombashi, Tokyo, reopened in summer last year following a major refurbishment carried out in sync with the original schedule of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. The doorways of its guest rooms have been resized to 85 centimeters wide. At the stage of planning, the doorway width was set at 75 centimeters. But in 2019, the Tokyo metropolitan government amended its relevant ordinance for hotels. Under the new standard, the doorways of rooms in newly built hotels or newly added facilities must be “a minimum of 80 centimeters in breadth,” so that wheelchairs can get through the doorway easily.

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‘Barrier Free Japan’ mentioned on ‘BBC News Japan’ from【東京パラ】 日本の障害者の実情、住民3人に聞く

神戸市で暮らし、脳性まひのあるイギリス人学者マイケル・ギラン・ペキットさんは、「当初、事件は日本に大きな影響を及ぼした。メディアはかなりの間、障害者への接し方や介護制度について疑問を呈していた。しかし時間がたつと、人々の関心は移っていく」と話す。

Disability Discrimination Japan

After challenge by man with cerebral palsy, Osaka High Court rules Public Offices Election Act limiting number of assistants to “those who work at polling stations” constitutional

Yasuhiro Nakata, a man who was born with cerebral palsy claimed that the Public Election Law’s provision limiting the number of assistants to “those who work at polling stations” violates the Constitution because it does not protect the secrecy of the vote. The court rejected the man’s appeal.

Afghanistan Barrier Free Disability Japan Paralympics Tokyo 2020

Evacuated Afghan athlete Hossain Rasouli makes debut at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Hossain Rasouli became the first athlete representing Afghanistan to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics, a feat that looked impossible when it appeared the country’s team would be unable to travel safely to Japan to be part of the world’s largest sporting event for people with disabilities, which started a week ago.