Despite laws, disabled people still experience discrimination in Hyogo prefecture

Written with extracts translated from the Kobe Shimbun

April 3rd 2018

Even after laws that forbid discriminatory treatment on the grounds of disability were enforced, there is still a suspicion of discrimination against persons with disabilities in Hyogo prefecture with total of 6 municipalities reporting cases of discrimination including Kobe, Himeji and Nishinomiya city.

There were 142 cases where municipalities encouraged improvement by examining circumstances in businesses and facilities. Although the law has only being enforced for 2 days, the number of cases has remained unchanged, and it has not yet reached the “rational consideration” or consultation stipulated by the text.

The law was enforced in April 2016. It requested local governments respond appropriately to consultation and develop necessary posture for prevention and resolution of conflict. According to Kobe Shimbun’s investigation, as of the end of March, more than 600 consultations and inquiries received by the six municipalities of the prefecture’s core city or more (including Akashi City promoted to core city in April) totalled more than 600.

It was suspected that 20% of disabled people in Hyogo prefecture have experienced discrimination. Confirmed cases of discrimination in Hyogo prefecture are as follows:, Hyogo municipality had 24 cases, Kobe city had 59 cases, Himeji city, 8 cases, Amagasaki city, 17 cases, Nishinomiya city, 22 cases, Akashi city,12 cases.

A wheelchair user was told that “there is a vacancy in the restaurant and it is said to be full”, and he was refused entry to a bus.

Professor Masayoshi Tsukuba of Tsukuba University, a member of the Cabinet Office for Disabled Persons Policy Committee who was involved in drafting the basic policy of the law said, “Consideration for people with disabilities is not” manner “,” rules “with obligation, it is discrimination. It is necessary for citizens to monitor whether they have decreased or not and to increase the momentum to understand the disabled.

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