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Long-forgotten films shed light on 1964 Tokyo Paralympics

“The 1964 Paralympics were officially known as the “International Games for the Physically Handicapped,” but the Tokyo event marked the first time that the term “paralympics” came into wide, albeit then unofficial, use. It is now considered by the International Paralympic Committee to have been the second Paralympics after the 1960 Rome Games, which were also called the Paraplegic Olympics.”

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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.”