Author: Michael Gillan Peckitt

UK & CP born, living in Japan, blogging about disability
Disability Japan

Symposium in Shiga Prefecture emphasizes ‘independent living’ for the developmentally disabled

“A lecture and symposium inviting founding members of “Q – ACT (QUE – ACTO)”, an expert organization that supports autonomy in the community of for severely mentally handicapped people “To support the community life of people with mental disabilities ~ The trajectory of Q-ACT and future development “(sponsored by the prefectural mentally handicapped family association) was held at the Ryuta Art and Cultural Center Hall 2 of Ritto city 2 on 11th. Approximately 150 people from inside and outside the prefecture participated.”


Nara prefecture publishes reports on abuse of persons with disabilities for fiscal year 2016

“Nara prefecture collected data and reported on the situation of disabled abuse within Nara prefecture for FY 2016. There were 81 reports and consultations on abuse received by the prefecture and municipalities (am increase of 23 cases from the previous year), which was the largest number since the prefecture started collecting data regarding abuse. 21 of them was certified as abuse.”

Disability Eugenics Japan

Fukushima finds records of sterilizations performed under eugenic law

“The Fukushima prefectural government had earlier told Kyodo News it held no such records but said Tuesday it had found the documents listing the names, ages and illnesses of 33 men and 87 women, of whom 68 were under 20 years old.

The documents included applications for surgeries and notices about the operations. All of the 120 are believed to have undergone sterilization without consent.”


Gov’t mulls ordinance requiring 2 or more wheelchair spaces per train

“An investigative committee composed of advocacy groups for people with disabilities and other experts has reviewed the ordinance and other relevant rules. With only one wheelchair space per train, the committee argued that getting to use the space can turn into a competition, and if the number of spaces in trains is increased, it can also benefit parents with baby carriages and travelers with luggage.”

Disability Eugenics Japan

Girls aged just 9 among hundreds of minors forced to be sterilized

“Of the 859 individuals, 320 were male and 535 were female. The gender and age of four individuals were not included. Among the males, 191 were minors. Among the females, 257 were minors.
In total, 745 individuals were listed as having genetic intellectual disabilities.
According to a citizens group seeking an apology from the government, 16,500 or so individuals across Japan underwent forced sterilization.”