“Everyone will need a ‘Priority Seat’ someday”: Good Manners on Priority Seats (Part 2)

Extracts from Livedoor.com

February 15th 2018

Everyone will need a priority seat some day: The “Priority seat” has not been able to become a fixed rule, it is the current situation that we must rely on people’s manners such as conscience, mutual assistance and kindness. In developed countries of the railway in Europe and the United States, there is a firm rule for the use of vulnerable people, even some trains are protected by compartments.

This article may be painful to the young people of transport “strong man”, but young people will certainly have be an age that necessitates a priority seat one day.

When it comes to priority seats, good manners are important (Part 1)

Written with extracts from Livedoor.com

February 15th 2018

There is a rush in the evening, on the Keio Line. The semi-express to Keio Hachioji is nearly full in because the of the rush, an elderly couple gets in from the door near the priority seat, but the priority seats are full of young people on their smartphones.

There is a married couple, and the woman is disabled and has a cane. Her husband said to the young man who is nearest to the door “I’m sorry, she cannot stand for a long time, can you give her the seat?” Then the smartphone man gave a loud voice saying “I am tired! Passengers around me watched all at once, so it was so loud and fought back. Still, the smartphone man will not give up his seat as cancer. It is probably a “healthy person” who is absorbed in the smartphone of other priority seats.

Actually, this incident is about our family. My wife, after a cerebral infarction left her with paralysis in the left hand , she can walk, but cannot stand for a long time.

I examine the “priority seat” of each railway company and grasped the current situation on my own. The following is based on my real experience, I can not say that everything is so. However, as I saw, I came to the conclusion that it is inevitable to say that the social manners and morals are still low for the “weak traffic” who need “priority seats”.

I am 72 years old this year at the age of receiving a silver pass from Tokyo Metropolitan Government, but when I am as low as possible I try to sit at the ordinary seat. Even if you sit at a priority seat, you are sure to give your seat to those who are older than me or obviously disabled people.

Sometimes, I sometimes give up my seat by looking at my body, but at that time I will be able to sit down. I heard a young man, but he says that he has experience “It was said that” Do not handle old people “even if you want to give up your seat. It is certain that it is difficult to hand over the seat if there is such a thing.

Origami vending machine in Nikko shines light on disabled artists

Kyodo News reprinted in The Japan Times

February 12th 2018

UTSUNOMIYA, TOCHIGI PREF. – A vending machine selling origami pieces created by residents with mental disabilities has been installed near the famed Toshogu Shrine in the popular tourist destination of Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture.

The unit, a former cigarette machine refurbished with colorful patterns, has proved to be a hit since it was introduced last October by an IT company hoping to set an example by employing people with disabilities in meaningful work.

“We hope it catches on as a Nikko tourist attraction in its own right,” Axis President Satoshi Waki, said. “From there, the idea could be picked up in other offices as a form of employment aid.”

Each box sold contains five pieces of origami — including a crane, a turnip and a ball — for ¥200. The pieces were quickly snapped up after the machine was installed, with customers buying more than 50 sets in the first few days, and around 700 over three months.

The pieces are made by three women at an employment assistance office in Nikko in collaboration with Axis Inc., the IT firm. The vending machine venture has been dubbed the Wings of the Crane Project.

The idea came up during casual conversation at the firm’s office in nearby Utsunomiya, with Waki deciding to pursue it.

Though the five paper objects in production are more or less fixed, organizers change it from time to time to surprise customers and generate a little variety for the three makers.

As a way to introduce the trio to customers, each origami set includes a QR code that links to online photos of the artists and information on the project that employs them.

Yuko Goma, who heads the employment assistance office where the women create the pieces, said she hopes the project will give customers a window into the lives of people with disabilities.

“This could be a chance to reach customers and help them feel more familiar with disabled people,” she said.

During a sightseeing trip in early February with a friend, Kanae Inose, a 21-year-old office worker from Saitama Prefecture, came upon the vending machine beside a road leading to the famous shrine.

Taking the small origami crane from the box after making her purchase, Inose said the delicate work “perfectly captures the spirit of Nikko.”

Symposium in Shiga Prefecture emphasizes ‘independent living’ for the developmentally disabled

Extracts from The Mainichi Shimbun

February 12th 2018

A lecture and symposium inviting founding members of “Q – ACT (QUE – ACTO)”, an expert organization that supports autonomy in the community of for severely mentally handicapped people “To support the community life of people with mental disabilities ~ The trajectory of Q-ACT and future development “(sponsored by the prefectural mentally handicapped family association) was held at the Ryuta Art and Cultural Center Hall 2 of Ritto city 2 on 11th. Approximately 150 people from inside and outside the prefecture participated. They exchanged opinions on the importance of nursing visiting those that live in the community.

ACT of Q-ACT is abbreviation of English meaning comprehensive regional life support, a way of thinking born in the United States in the 1960s. When contacted, experts such as nurses visit applicants who wish to use and work toward “independence” that disabled people desire from various perspectives. Q-ACT has two teams in Fukuoka City etc. 24 hours a day, 365 days a day, 7 days a week.

In the lecture, Shoko Tsuda from the Q – ACT member attended, a mental health care worker. Tsuda explained that “ACT is a visiting-type program, if the user wishes, he will visit parks in the neighborhood, employment place, cafes etc.” Furthermore, regarding the policy of “high risk / high support”, rather than protecting against risk, the approach of trying to challenge the risk and making a strong life is more difficult for misery to happen. ”

Also, in Q-ACT, They introduce that teams do not belong to psychiatrists, that they are collaborating with regional psychiatrists, and that both teams are responsible for both clinical and management. “We will hold a business meeting once a month and we will decide the contents of salary and bonus everyone.” Finally, “What is important is the life and life of that person, and although it has symptoms, I can live like that person.”

In the symposium, Tsuda took part with family members, visiting nurses and others with mental disorders. Ms. Omiwa Kumiko (Kumiko), a party who is receiving visiting nursing services, emphasized the significance that “If there is no visiting nursing, the important person who accompanies everyday life goes away”.

Psychiatrist Tsujimoto Tetsuji asked Tsuda “How do you deal with 24 hours 365 days”? Tsuda said, “Outside of regular working hours from 9 am to 6 pm, the staff alternately waits at home with the telephone of the team. Although there are variations from month to month, emergency dispatch is about 3 times, There were about 15 telephone consultations.It was quite difficult for a night shift at a hospital so much. “

The Sagamihara stabbings accused’s ‘Manga’

On February 10th 2018 some news organizations in Japan reported drawings and cartoons made by the person accused of the ‘Sagamihara stabbings’ that occurred in July 2016. These drawings were made whilst the accused of that crime was detained and being investigated by the police, and as far as Barrier Free Japan knows, the accused remains detained.

The ‘manga’ the accused created has been widely re-produced, as has the accused’s name.

Barrier Free Japan appreciates that at the time of the accused’s arrest, the accused’s name and photograph was distributed widely by the media. However, now the accused is going through ‘pre-trial hearings’, the matter, as far as Barrier Free Japan is concerned, is now sub judice.

The accused has of course spoken to some journalists via letter and speaks often about disabled people, describing them as people who can cause ‘only misery’.

Barrier Free Japan shares this photo in this blog post as an example of the ‘Sagamihara stabbings’ accused’s ‘manga’ from the Yahoo Japan website.

Barrier Free Japan shall report what the accused says or what occurs in court , but never mention the accused’s name again until all legal proceedings are finally concluded. However, until all court proceedings are concluded regarding the accused it does not seem right to keep mentioning the accused’s name.

Former administrator of Saitama facility for the disabled receives suspended sentence for sexual assault charges

Edited Extracts from Reuters Japan

February 9th 2018

Former manager Kenji Osuka(75), who was charged with forced indecency for touching the body of a female staff member at a facility for the disabled, the Saitama District Court sentenced him to 9 years in prison calling him “sneaky criminal” Monday, a sentence suspended for five years.

The facility is called “Cosmos Earth” in Ageo-shi, Saitama Prefecture (renamed as Living Care and Saki). At that facility, last July 13, a male user (19) was left in a transfer wagon for about 6 hours, and there was an accident that he died of heat stroke. The defendant is said to have performed obscene acts during this time.

According to the ruling, on July 11 and 13 last year, he touched the breast and lower body of a 20 – year – old female official in the facility.