Author: Michael Gillan Peckitt

UK & CP born, living in Japan, blogging about disability
Coronavirus COVID-19 Japan

Japan ‘s PM Kishida pledges to avoid strain on medical system in Diet policy speech, and boost medical treatments for people recovering at home or at facilities

PM Kishida pledged to boost medical treatments for people recovering at home or at lodging facilities, and to accelerate booster vaccinations, noting that he plans to “calmly advance responses (against the omicron variant) based on the latest information, without excessive fear.”

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Disability News Japan Podcast Episode 87: Pre-implantation screening raises spectre of eugenics for disabled people in Japan

Katsunori Fujii, a representative of the Japan Council on Disability held a press conference November 27th 2020 on the then proposed ‘Law on Special Provisions to the Civil Code regarding legal parent-child relationships of children born through Assisted Reproductive Technology’, saying that the law allows for the possibility of a ‘eugenic policy’ and creates a ‘sense of crisis’ for people with disabilities.

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16,000 hospitals to handle at-home care as Omicron variant prompts Japan to strengthen care services

“The omicron variant seems to have a higher transmissibility, but also is less likely to cause serious symptoms,” Kishida said to reporters at the Prime Minister’s Office. “But if the infection spreads rapidly among the elderly, the percentage of people who become seriously ill could increase.”

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“We will connect to a Diet where various parties can work comfortably”: Japanese parliamentarians on being a politician with a disability

Masako Okawara (68), a member of the House of Representatives and a member of the Constitutional Democratic Party who uses a wheelchair; as well as Eiko Kimura (56) & and Yasuhiko Funago (64), whom are in the House of Councilors and are members of Reiwa Shinsengumi, were asked by The Tokyo Shimbun about what it is like to work in the Diet with a disability.