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Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Japan Nursing Care

COVID-19 cluster at Shizuoka nursing home after all residents, staff got 1st vaccine shots, government apologizes for “erroneous explanation” for cluster

Regarding the infections, the Shizuoka Municipal Government on June 16 apologized for and withdrew comments it had made the previous day that weakened immune systems after inoculations were responsible for the coronavirus cluster at the nursing home.

Crime Disability Japan Sexual abuse

Osaka District Public Prosecutor’s Office to conduct a “representative hearing” into sexual offences against people with intellectual disabilities, with a hope to relieve “mental burden”

The Osaka District Public Prosecutor’s Office is collaborating with the Osaka Prefectural Police Department. The focus concerns victims of sex crimes with intellectual, and a senior prosecutor said, “The characteristics and degree of disability vary from person to person. We are carefully considering what method is appropriate.”

Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Elderly Japan

Elderly vaccination pace varies among cities in Japan

A survey found that four cities — including Sakai, Osaka Prefecture — have administered a first shot to over 50% of their populations, while another 14 cities — including Yamaguchi — have cleared the 40% threshold. Rounding out the bottom of the list were 15 municipalities where fewer than 20% of elderly residents had received their first shot.

Disability Japan Travel

Discounts for disabled with “Suica” and “PASMO” cards to start in the second half of 2022 in the Kanto region of Japan without need to show a ‘disability certificate’

In order to make it easier for people with disabilities to use the system, a council made up of 69 railway and bus operators in the Kanto region and elsewhere has announced that from the second half of next year people will be able to use Suica and PASMO to receive discounts without having to show their disability certificate.

Disability Japan Pre-Natal Testing

Increasing prenatal tests in Japan fuel abortion concerns among Down syndrome groups

The Japanese government has decided to improve the provision of information on noninvasive prenatal genetic testing (NIPT), which examines pregnant women’s blood to determine the risk of chromosomal abnormalities in fetuses.

The decision has come about due to factors including births at advanced maternal ages driving up need for testing, but concern is growing among people with Down syndrome and their families that depending on how the information is conveyed, it could lead to “selection of life” practices and perpetuate prejudice.

Barrier Free Disability Discrimination Japan

‘Reasonable accommodation’ to be made mandatory in Japan’s private sector to eliminate discrimination against disabled

On 28 May, the revised Disability Discrimination Act was unanimously passed by the House of Councillors at a plenary session, requiring private companies to provide “reasonable accommodation” to support the mobility and communication of people with disabilities. The government will now consider the fundamental policy based on the revised law and make a cabinet decision.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Deaf Disability Japan

Aichi Prefecture refused to treat hearing-impaired coronavirus patient in hotel, saying it was “difficult to cope” from a “safety point of view”

A deaf man, 33, living in Nagoya City, who was infected with the new coronavirus and requested hotel treatment, was rejected by Aichi Prefecture, saying it was difficult for him to communicate by telephone. The ‘All Japan Federation of the Deaf’ submitted a request for improvement to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the ministry will consider asking local governments not to exclude hearing-impaired people from hotel treatment.

Disability Entertainment Japan

Brave new world in Tokyo, that has such people with disabilities acting in it: Disabled people re-imagine Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ in Japan

Performed by actors with disabilities from Japan, Britain and Bangladesh, the play is being staged in Higashi-Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The work, created by overcoming the “tempests” of disability, language and distance, conveys the importance of accepting each other’s differences and living together.

Disability Japan

“Living independently is not about doing everything yourself,” said late Japanese wheelchair user, Norifumi Gogo, fatally hit by van

Norifumi Gogo, a man with paralysis in all four limbs, who promoted the independence of people with disabilities and held lectures at companies and schools to boost understanding of such individuals; was fatally hit by a car in the southwest Japan city of Kitakyushu in February. Gogo, aged 46 at the time, was hit by a van at an intersection on National Route No. 3 in Kitakyushu’s Kokurakita Ward at around 10:35 a.m. on Feb. 26.

Disability Discrimination Japan

Japan’s Diet passes revisions to disability anti-discrimination law, private businesses now required to consider the needs of disabled people

The revisions to Law for the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities were unanimously passed and enacted at the plenary session of the House of Councillors on May 28, requiring private businesses such as companies and stores to provide “reasonable accommodation” to support the mobility and communication of persons with disabilities.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Japan

60 patients infected with coronavirus in Toyama, largest cluster found at facilities for the disabled

The social welfare corporation ‘Imizu Fukushi Kai’, which runs Imizu-en, a facility for those with mental disabilities in Toyama Prefecture’s Imizu City where a cluster of the new coronavirus has emerged, announced on the 23rd that a total of 60 users and employees had been infected in one day.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Japan Mental Health

1,548 people infected with COVID-19 at Japan’s psychiatric hospitals, 60% unable to be transferred for treatment

According to the Japan Association of Psychiatric Hospitals, from March last year to January this year, a total of 1,548 people, including 1,123 patients and 425 staff members, were infected at 116 facilities nationwide. Of these, about 60% wanted to be transferred to coronavirus beds but were unable to do so, mostly because of mental disorders, according to the association.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Election Japan

Japanese ruling and opposition parties agree to enact law to allow COVID-19 patients to vote by mail

Japanese ruling and opposition parties on Thursday 20th May agreed to enact a new law to allow COVID-19 patients recovering in hotels or at home to vote by mail in national and local elections. COVID-19 patients and people who had close contact with them are required to stay in hotels or at home while they recover. It is difficult for them to visit polling stations.

Blind Braille Coronavirus COVID-19 Disability Japan

Vaccination Voucher for blind man sent without Braille, unable to reserve appointment for two weeks: “If you call me…”

While the vaccination program for elderly people aged 65 and over has started in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, a blind man living alone in the city received an envelope containing a vaccination ticket without Braille markings, and it was revealed that he was unable to check the contents for two weeks.

Discrimination Japan Welfare

Chiba man with cerebral palsy loses lawsuit over discontinuation of disability welfare benefits after age 65

Masakatsu Amami (71), a patient with cerebral palsy in Chiba City, said that it was unreasonable that the disability welfare benefits based on the Comprehensive Support Law for Persons with Disabilities were discontinued at the age of 65 and that the transition to long-term care insurance caused self-pay. On the 18th, the Chiba District Court dismissed the claim.

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.