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.”

By Barrier Free Japan

October 28th 2019

On October 23rd, Barrier Free shared a story about how a disabled student at a special needs school was allegedly assaulted by their teacher. The report was compiled by attempting to translate articles which are both referenced and ‘linked’ below.

This report by The Sankei Shimbun stated that:

The Osaka Prefectural Education Agency announced on the 23rd that a 40-year-old male teacher at the special support school assaulted a boy in a junior high school, saying, “I don’t think it will be forgiven by people with disabilities.” The agency is considering disposing of the teacher for “human rights violations not allowed as teachers”.

And on October 24th it was reported by The Yomiuri Shimbun that:

According to the announcement, in a class held on September 27, when moving a student who needed assistance, the teacher was angry that his right little finger was hurting and moved about 2 meters whilst strongly holding the student’s chin. The teacher also grabbed the back of his neck and said, “I’m going to talk”, and pressed his hands strongly against the student’s chest.

Despite the story appearing in both ‘The Sankei Shimbun’ & ‘The Yomiuri Shimbun’; as of October 27th, neither ‘Japan Foward’ – the online English language version of ‘The Sankei Shimbun’ nor ‘The Japan News’ – a print and online edition of The Yomiuri Shimbun, has translated this story for native readers of English.

As of October 27th. ‘The Asahi Shinbun’ and ‘The Mainichi Shimbun’ has not reported the story either in Japanese or English.

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