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After previous infractions, Hyogo Prefecture disability group files petition over disability parking spaces

"We want you to educate the government so that people who need support can use it. With this in mind, a group of persons with disabilities in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, applied for a petition to the city council, but the adoption was banned by the Standing Committee of the City Council Welfare Education on February 20th. In response to the imprisonment of a disabled person in 2018, Sanda City advocated the development of a symbiotic town, but did not conduct a fact-finding survey based on requests from the organization."

Written with extracts translated from The Kobe Shimbun

February 21st 2020

SANDA City,  Hyogo Pref – We want you to educate the government so that people who need support can use it. With this in mind, a group of persons with disabilities in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, applied for a petition to the city council, but the adoption was banned by the Standing Committee of the City Council Welfare Education on February 20th. In response to the imprisonment of a disabled person in 2018, Sanda City advocated the development of a symbiotic town, but did not conduct a fact-finding survey based on requests from the organization.” (Yuki Takami)

This is a petition to the Sanda City Council from a group representing the people with disabilties. The group has around 150 members. It is requested that people who have been issued a disability certificate has priority in using the “Yuzurii Parking Lot Ordinance.”

Hyogo Prefecture has introduced a “Yuzuriai Parking Lot” system since fiscal year 2012, and has issued usage certificates to people with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant women, injured persons, and those who have difficulty walking. The validity period is 5 years, with some exceptions. In Sanda City, 369 copies have been issued since 2016, and about 33,000 copies have been issued throughout the prefecture.

According to the association, in the city, there are frequent instances where people with disabilities use the space for disabled people in a multi-story parking lot in front of Sanda Station.

In September 2018, the association submitted a similar request to Mayor Tetsuo Mori.

However, the city’s disability welfare section, which received the request, did not conduct a fact-finding survey, but only enlightened in a public relations paper in March of the same year. At the same time, the city was in a confinement case, and a representative of persons with disabilities attended and held a “Symbiosis Council for People with Disabilities” to discuss their relations with the community. While advocating “symbiosis,” it means that compelling requests from people with disabilities have been neglected.

A man (76), a counselor for the petitioner who explained on behalf of the petitioner at the committee on Friday, said, “This is the third time this request has been made. I put my strength.

While the seven members recognized the issues in the free discussion, such as “It is a big problem that the people who need it cannot be used” and “It is necessary to further educate users”, the question is “Is the form of ordinances good?” There were calls for caution. Eventually, the continuation of the examination was carried out as “we will continue to investigate to improve its effectiveness.”

Ichizo Yasokawa (79), chairman of the association, said, “I’m not saying at all that I should use it because I’m a disabled person. I hope Sanda’s unique method of caring for each other is possible.”

 

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