Alarmed at the increasing number of stations without workers in his prefecture, causing inconvenience and possible safety concerns, three disabled people came together to file a lawsuit against Kyushu Railway at the Oita District Court in September.
The student expressed criticisms, saying that “The only thing that brought me to school was discrimination against disabilities.” He claimed that he violated the law, which requires local governments to take reasonable care to remove social obstacles.
A lawsuit seeking 1.1 million yen from the government and the right to vote by a handwritten voting via a chosen assistant, was dismissed by the Osaka District Court on February 27, stating that the provisions would not violate the Constitution.
“In Japan, the idea of” right to move “is missing. It is not a problem only for people with disabilities. In rural areas, public transportation declines for business reasons and elderly people who can not drive a car are inconvenienced… “
“Disabled rights advocacy groups point out that electric wheelchairs are treated the same as pedestrians under the Road Traffic Act, and pedestrians are not prohibited from drinking alcohol. Therefore, they say, banning chair users from tasting at beer factories constitutes discrimination under the Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities. They want the ban removed from the NPA guidelines.”