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Dementia Disability Elderly Japan Nursing Care Typhoon Hagibis

As Japan marks one month after deadly Typhoon Hagibis, twenty-six care facilities in affected areas remained damaged

“The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday that 26 nursing homes and group homes for elderly people with dementia in seven prefectures remain damaged after flooding. Some elderly residents have been forced to move multiple times during evacuation, which has had an adverse impact on their health.”

Disability Elderly Japan Travel

A Railway Station worker in Japan offers advice on how to assist the disabled, begging the question: What is ‘reasonable accommodation?’

“If you are asked for assistance by a disabled person or an elderly person at the station, how far should you respond? A letter from an station employee of a Japanese railroad company sent to the ‘life section’ of The Chunichi Shimbun offered this advice…”

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After two and half years, Kanagawa high school students with intellectual disabilities at ‘mainstream’ schools will graduate in March 2020

“Two and a half years have passed since the Kanagawa Prefectural Board of Education accepted students with intellectual disabilities in ‘mainstream’ schools in three prefectural high schools. These students will graduate in March next year.”

Barrier Free Disability Japan Travel

Disability action group asks why Japan aims for Universal Design Taxis but wheelchair users are often refused service

“There are universal design (UD) taxis in Japan which wheelchair users can use but often the driver refuses disabled people. The organization “DPI Japan” will conduct a survey to investigate such refusals in different areas of Japan. The DPI aims to improve the situation before many wheelchair users from overseas visit Japan for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.”

Disability Japan Media

News about disabled people in Japan is not ‘Lost in Translation’, just apparently not worthy of translation

“[A]s of October 27th, neither ‘Japan Foward’ – the online English language version of The Sankei Shimbun or ‘The Japan News’ – a print &! online edition of The Yomiuri Shimbun, has not translated this story for native readers of English. The Asahi Shinbun and The Mainichi Shimbun has not reported the story either in Japanese or English, as of October 27th.”

Disability Japan Paralympics Sports

Wheelchair rugby players look for spotlight amid World Cup excitement

“The Japanese Para-Sports Association and the country’s wheelchair rugby federation have organized an international tournament in Tokyo during the Rugby World Cup partly in a bid to raise the recognition of the sport ahead of the Paralympics.The five-day World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2019, which opens Wednesday, will see eight of the top-10 teams battling it out at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.”

Disability Japan Politics Reiwa Shinsengumi

Extraordinary session of the Diet begins, Japan’s PM Abe quotes disabled lawmaker in policy speech

In discussing the importance of building a diverse society, Abe quoted a remark by Yasuhiko Funago, a severely disabled lawmaker of new opposition party Reiwa Shinsengumi, that “humans can enjoy their lives no matter how their appearances change”.It is rare for a policy speech by a prime minister to refer to an opposition lawmaker.”