August 10th 2019
Japan’s welfare ministry plans to begin discussions on whether to expand disability benefits to cover caregiving received while working.
This comes as support groups and two newly inaugurated lawmakers are calling for a review of the current system. They say extending coverage will make it easier for disabled people to participate in society.
Under the current legislation, people with severe disabilities are eligible for publicly funded assistance for daily activities such as bathing and eating. They are only required to cover up to 10 percent of the costs themselves.
But that financial assistance is not available for caregiving received during work and commutes.
The two disabled lawmakers were elected to the Upper House last month. For the time being, the chamber will foot the bill for the caregiving they receive while carrying out official duties.
The benefits discussions are expected to start at a ministry working group.