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Japan Paralympics Tokyo 2020

International Paralyimic Committee Chief says Tokyo 2020 Games will be most important in history, bringing back “persons with disabilities to the center of the inclusion agenda”

“…we need to bring back persons with disabilities to the center of the inclusion agenda. We want to change the behavior of society towards persons with disabilities at a global level,” he said. “We are very ambitious. We want the games to change the world.”

Japan Paralympics Tokyo 2020

Father of Paralympian Runs in Shimane Olympic Torch Relay

Shigeyuki Miwa, 61, is a doctor at a hospital in the town of Tsuwano who administers vaccinations to local elderly people. His second daughter, Junko Hirose, a 30-year-old visually impaired judo athlete, is slated to represent Japan at the Tokyo Paralympics this summer. Miwa has inoculated some 2,400 people since late April, working even on the day before the relay.

Abuse Care Disability Japan

Kanagawa prefectural government reveals cases of abuse at care home for people with disabilities, residents locked in rooms and tied to wheelchairs for eight hours

According to the Kanagawa prefectural government, in February of this year, it was confirmed that twenty-two users of the Nakai Yamayurien facility for the disabled were physically restrained for more than eight hours, including being kept in locked rooms and tied to wheelchairs.

Abuse Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare publishes analysis of statistics regarding abuse of people with disabilities for last five years

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) analyzed the number of cases of abuse of people with disabilities for the past five years through fiscal year 2019 for the first time. The national average rate of recognition of abuse by employees of facilities for the disabled is 20%, with Miyazaki having the highest rate at 32%. The lowest rate was 6% in both Ibaraki and Gifu, a difference of 26 percentage points.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Elderly Japan

COVID-19 Cluster found at Osaka care home for elderly, fourteen residents die

According to city officials and others, on April 11, two residents developed fever and were found to be positive in a PCR test. Subsequently, the infection spread within the facility, and 39 residents and 22 staff members were confirmed to be infected. Fourteen people died, including a resident who was recuperating at the facility because he could not find a place to be hospitalized.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Day Care Service Disability Japan

Cluster found at welfare service for people with disabilities in Hiroshima City after staff ate dinner with patient

According to Hiroshima City, PCR tests were conducted on six people who ate at a restaurant in the city together with a patient who was found to be infected on the 26th of this month, and a total of six people were confirmed to be infected. One person has moderate symptoms, and five people have mild or no symptoms.

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‘Home-visit bathing’ care service suspended in Kanazawa during pandemic, leaving elderly and disabled unable to wash

At least three establishments in Kanazawa City are unable to accept new applications for the “home-visit bathing” care service. The reason behind this is that there is a shortage of staff, and there have been cases where ALS patients who have been refused access to the service have been unable to take a bath for a long period of time.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Hearing Impaired Japan

To aid hearing impaired Japan’s largest manufacturer produces transparent mask

On the 27th, it was learned that Unicharm, the largest manufacturer of masks in Japan, will release a mask made of transparent material so that the mouth can be seen from the outside. The masks are designed for hearing-impaired people who can read the contents of a message by watching the movement of the mouth.

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Cluster found in Toyama as eighteen people connected to a facility for people with disabilities are found to be infected with COVID-19

Toyama Prefecture announced on April 23rd that 27 men and women in their teens and eighties in the prefecture were found to be newly infected with the new coronavirus. Of these, fifteen women in their thirties and seventies in Kamiichi and three women in their twenties and seventies in Toyama City and Kamiichi, who have already been found to be infected, are connected to the support facility for people with disabilities “Yotsubaen” in Kamiichi.

Disability Japan Para Sports Paralympics

Tochigi stadium designed for Para Sports deemed to have made ‘Insufficient Barrier Free Measures’

The Tochigi stadium does not meet the standards of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) because the view of the wheelchair seats is blocked when spectators in the front row stand up. The ramp leading to the entrance of the spectator seating area is long, and some people have pointed out that it is dangerous. Some people are concerned about the impact on disabled athletes and are calling for renovations.

Abuse Care Day Care Service Disability Japan Kobe

Kobe City to strengthen supervision after suspected abuse at ‘after school’ facilities for people with disabilities

In response to a series of scandals nationwide at the “after-school day service office” that entrusts elementary, junior high and high school students with disabilities after school and on holidays, Kobe City will sent external personnel to patrol the facilities in the city from May.

Disability Japan Paralympics Sagamihara

Mayor of Japanese City at site where people with disabilities were killed to re-consider location of Paralympic torch ceremony

Kentaro Motomura, the Mayor of Sagamihara City, spoke at a regular press conference on the 20th about the intellectually disabled facility “Tsukui Yamayurien” where 19 residents were killed in July 2016. Mayor Motomura said: “I want to make a comprehensive judgment, including changing the location,” he said. The bereaved families were asking the city to cancel the event.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Deaf Disability Hearing Impaired Japan

As the pandemic continues, Nagoya based groups for the Deaf and hearing impaired raise concerns about masks hindering communication

As the new coronavirus spreads, a group of people concerned in Nagoya city, say “We have collected the real voices of people with hearing disabilities in the coronavirus disaster.” Wearing masks and other measures to prevent infection seem to be detrimental to the communication of deaf and deaf-blind people, who read words from the movement of their mouths and the shape of their fingers.

Children Discrimination Japan Welfare

Kyoto District Court suspends Child Support Allowance because mother was receiving a disability pension

Mayu Yamada, a single parent with four children, was receiving child support allowance when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was awarded a basic disability pension in April 2017. However, in January 2006, Kyoto Prefecture suspended her child support allowance on the grounds that she was receiving a disability pension.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Japan

Ibaraki Prefecture decides staff and residents at facilities for people with disabilities are to be given vaccine priority

The vaccine for the new coronavirua has begun to be given to the elderly on a priority basis, Ibaraki Prefecture has decided that residents and staff of facilities for the disabled will also be newly subject to priority vaccination, following a series of clusters of infected people at several facilities for the disabled in the prefecture.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Elderly Japan

Japan’s Health Ministry Report: Elderly People are Less Likely to See Vaccine Side Effects

Novel coronavirus vaccines are less likely to cause side effects for those aged 65 or older, Japan’s health ministry said Friday. The interim finding was reported at a meeting of the ministry’s expert panel on the relationship between coronavirus vaccines and side effects. Japan is slated to begin administering vaccines to elderly citizens Monday.

Abuse Crime Disability Japan Kobe

Fourteen year old student arrested for attempting to kill twenty-five year old man at Hyogo facility for the disabled

On April 7, the Arima Police Station of the Hyogo Prefectural Police arrested a 14-year-old male student on suspicion of attempted murder for attempting to kill a 25-year-old man at a facility for the intellectually disabled in Kobe City’s Kita Ward. The man is in a critical condition and unconscious.

Barrier Free Blind Disability Japan Travel

Hyogo Prefecture city produces CD explaining how to use JR platform fences to visually impaired people

The City of Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, has produced a CD teaching material to help the visually impaired learn about the platform fences installed at JR Akashi Station and other stations. The CD explains the procedure of walking through the station with a visually impaired person and getting on a train. It also includes an interview with a JR West employee and his impressions of the platform fence.