Japanese public institutions looks for advice on guide and assist dogs as 2020 approaches

Written with extracts from The Mainichi Shimbun

May 23rd 2018

As the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games approaches, Japanese institutions are looking for an exchange of opinions with users of “assisting dogs” (guide dogs, assisting dogs, hearing dogs) and related organizations etc. are held at the “Hojo Dog Day” awareness symposium held in Hall 1 the House of Representatives on the 22nd. More than one person participated. I learned that “let’s think about what each person can do for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Organized by a bipartisan “Assembly of Members to Promote Supporting Dogs for the Physically Disabled”.

The first part is entitled “Present Condition and Challenges Relating to Acceptance of Overseas Assistance Dog Users”, Teruko Takayanagi, Associate Director of the Association for Assisted Dogs of the Japanese Associated Person with Disabilities, who was commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and chaired the investigation committee Explain overseas supplementary dog ​​definition etc. Affiliated organizations also reported on past acceptance from overseas.

Part 2 is Keynote Lecture by Professor Mihiko Kawanai of the Department of Human Environmental Design at Toyo University entitled “Japan’s Legacy from the revised barrier-free law”. Pointed out the issues of the “Amended Barrier Free Law” which was enacted on the 18th of this month. “Barrier-free law mainly focuses on access to the hardware side and lacks regulations to guarantee use.In the world, accessibility as a tool to prohibit discrimination from the viewpoint of human rights” equality with others ” Ease), but Japan is not so, Kawanai said.

Mr. Yoichiro Nishizawa (41) of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture, a company employee who has participated with the assistant dog Lucky, who is looking at the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games in both the first and second part, “How do we communicate to society and the general public? It will be important. ”

Mr. Yoshitomo Kimura (57) of ‘ Takarazuka City, President of Japan Assistance Dog Users’ Association says: “There is only one and a half years to hold the Paralympic Games, and there are many subjects, but participants from abroad have been good at least coming to Japan I hope that preparation will proceed as we thinking. “

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