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The late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient consulted with physicians as she thought about what to do with her ‘remaining time’

“Is it best to spend as little time as possible to keep the pace going forward, or is it better to work and do something even if it puts a strain on your body?”

The doctor answered without hesitation.

“It is better to do what you can while you are doing it.”

As soon as I heard the answer, I cried tears.”

Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Employment Japan

Coronavirus woes leads to 1,104 of Japan’s people with disabilities losing their jobs

Between February and June this year, the number of persons with disabilities who had been dismissed from companies was 1,104, an increase of 152 (16.0%) compared to the same period last year, according to a summary by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare by August 4th. One of the reasons is that it became impossible to maintain employment due to the deterioration of business as the new coronavirus spread.

Disability Japan Politics Reiwa Shinsengumi

Japanese Lawmaker with ALS points to need for online Diet session

In a recent interview, Yasuhiko Funago, a member of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, said, ” I had to make the tough decision of not attending the Diet session for a few days between late February and early March, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan.

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

‘“Understanding” makes my heart lighter’, the late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient on why she writes a blog

“The reason I started blogging and Twitter was the story of a patient I heard from a helper. The woman, who is still young, has been fighting illness since she was born with cerebral palsy. She seems to have difficulty in pronouncing words and can express her feelings only occasionally.”

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan Politics

Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara criticized after calling ALS a “business disease” on Twitter

In a tweet posted on July 27, Shintaro Ishihara called ALS an “occupational disease”, and some on Twitter pointed out that “business disease” refers to “an intractable disease that has been thought to come at the expense of bad business,” and was at best a rude or derogatory term.

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

Health experts call alleged assisted death of woman with ALS “fundamentally different” from previous cases due to payment issue

Health experts are calling the case of two doctors arrested last week on suspicion of assisting in the death of a 51-year-old woman with ALS “fundamentally different” from past euthanasia cases that led to other doctors’ convictions for murder in Japan, because she allegedly asked them to kill her for money on Twitter.

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

“I think it’s wonderful that the rate of ventilation is high in Japan” writes the late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient

In a blog post on June 4 2018 entitled ‘View of life and death and euthanasia’, Hayashi notices that the use of respirators in Europe and America is low, although praises that ventilators are at least available in Japan as it seems to signify that at since it is an option that it “means that such an environment is in place.”

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“Life saved by Euthanasia…there is a soul that can be saved” from the blog of the late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient

On May 27 2018, Hayashi wrote a blog post entitled ‘Life saved by Euthanasia’: Hayashi seems to suggest that a person who is considering ending their life because of a condition like ALS, might have better mental health if they don’t “have to hurry and commit suicide.”

Blind Disability Japan Travel

Blind man falls onto tracks, fatally hit by train at JR Asagaya Station in Tokyo

Mitsunobu Yoshimoto had a disability certificate for an eye disease, and Yoshimoto’s white cane has been found on the scene. There is no barrier on the platform at the station to prevent someone from falling, and the camera that was installed showed that Yoshimoto stepped off and fell onto the track. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the cause of Mr. Yoshimoto’s fall.

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

“I can’t move, I can’t eat, I can’t talk, my body…I don’t think I’m alive” writes the late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient

“I wanted to forget everything for a while (though I couldn’t do that), so I kept myself in my shell. I can’t do anything, but I just breathe by myself. Are you doing your best? This body is regrettable and dear. But don’t live with this body. I don’t think I’m alive.”

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan Reiwa Shinsengumi

Japanese Lawmaker with ALS holds “strong concerns” over supposed ‘mercy killing’ of woman in Kyoto

Following the arrest of two doctors on Thursday 23 July for allegedly murdering a woman, Yuri Hayashi, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the patient’s request, Yasuhiko Funago, a member of the political party ‘Reiwa Shinsengumi’ has voiced concerns about the alleged ‘mercy killing’ incident in Kyoto.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Japan Robotics

Amid COVID-19 crisis, Japanese fast food chain Mos Burger to trial robot that can be remote controlled by disabled people

Hoping to reduce human contact, operator of Mos Burger shops, Mos Food Services Inc. introduced a robot that can take orders. The company unveiled to the press on Tuesday what customer service can look like with an OriHime robot that can be remotely controlled by people with disabilities who have difficulty leaving their homes. Mos Food Services expects the robot will not only help reduce human contact amid the coronavirus, but also help solve labor shortages.

Disability Japan Politics Reiwa Shinsengumi

Japanese political party ‘Reiwa Shinsengumi’ with two elected members with disabilities, in conflict over use of the term ‘selecting lives’

“Selecting lives,” this word revives the unavoidable fear that I have had since I was a child, that I may be killed. I was very sad. It seems that my 35 years of fighting against discrimination in the community were denied, and I was very disappointed and could not control my anger.

Barrier Free Disability Elderly Japan

Japan supermarket starts ‘Slow Register’ checkout lane for elderly, disabled

The “Slow Register” campaign was proposed by Kaori Abe, 53, who runs a city-based nonprofit organization that supports elderlies and people with disabilities. The idea came after older people would often tell her things like, “I take time to take out cash from my wallet, and feel pressured if a line has formed behind me,” and, “I get hesitant to go shopping after people in the line behind me show their irritation.” It’s the first initiative of its kind in the Kyushu region, according to Abe.


After Upper House election in Japan, a prototype wheelchair accessible slope is showcased to the press

On July 7th, the Japanese Government’s Upper House set up a prototype wheelchair-accessible slope on the podium at the main conference hall and made it available to the press. Such efforts are a part of the barrier-free efforts to accommodate an elected official of The House of Councillors,Yasuhiko Funago, who belongs to the political party Reiwa Shinsengumi.