Category: Discrimination

Disability Discrimination Japan

Significant increase in consultations regarding disability discrimination to Nagano Prefectural Office, “facilitator of dialogue” required

According to the department, around 80% of the consultations are about dissatisfaction with their lives and families. Less than 20% of the consultations were about problems that required a proactive response from the prefecture. Cases of unfair discrimination on the basis of disability and complaints that ‘reasonable consideration’ is not given to remove barriers in daily life and in the use of services are among the most common.

Disability Discrimination Japan United Nations

“The government’s response did not accurately convey the current situation”: Japanese people with disabilities respond to UN review of Japan’s anti disability discrimination laws

While they expressed a sense of accomplishment, saying, “By talking directly with the committee members, they were able to gain a deeper understanding of Japan’s issues,” some expressed anger, saying, “The government’s response did not accurately convey the current situation.”

Disability Discrimination Japan United Nations

Experts of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Commend Japan on Providing Compensation to Victims of Eugenic Surgery, Ask Questions on Institutionalisation and Inclusive Education

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today concluded its consideration of the initial report of Japan on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Committee Experts commended Japan’s compensation of victims of eugenic surgery, while asking questions on institutionalisation and inclusive education.

Disability Discrimination Japan Travel

“Your disability certificate is fake” bus driver in Japan refuses male passenger with a disability over possibly expired disability certificate

A 52-year-old male driver of Orihime Bus, a route bus in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, told a male passenger with a left leg and heart trouble to get off the bus early and said, “Your disability certificate is a fake,” according to an interview with the bus company Kiryu Asahi Jidosha and the city, which outsources its operation. According to the company, the driver had said that he had been given a disability certificate for six months.

Barrier Free Deaf Disability Disasters Discrimination Japan

New law expected to be passed in current session of the Diet to support disabled in Japan during disasters, especially the needs of the deaf

Legislation is expected to be passed in the current parliamentary session to support persons with disabilities to obtain the same information they need in their daily lives and during disasters as able-bodied persons, with the aim of eliminating disparities. Issues have been raised regarding the acquisition of information by persons with disabilities, such as the fact that subtitles and sign language interpreters are sometimes not provided for disaster news.

Disability Discrimination E-Sports Japan

Player from Japanese ‘e-sports’ team suspended over comments about people with disabilities

On May 1st 2022, a player from the Japanese professional e-sports team ‘REJECT’, previously known as ‘All Rejection Gaming’ or ‘ARG’ made a comment during a game that was perceived to be discriminatory towards people with disabilities. The player ‘SaRa’ has since been suspended from the team.

Blind Discrimination Employment Japan

Japan’s Supreme Court upholds ruling denying the establishment of massage schools for visually impaired

The Osaka-based school corporation ‘Heisei Healthcare Academy’ had previously filed three lawsuits across the country, in Sendai, Tokyo and one other in Osaka, arguing that a law that regulates the establishment of anma massage shiatsu teacher training schools for visually impaired people, violates the “freedom of choice of occupation” guaranteed by the Japanese Constitution.

Disability Discrimination Japan

After challenge by man with cerebral palsy, Osaka High Court rules Public Offices Election Act limiting number of assistants to “those who work at polling stations” constitutional

Yasuhiro Nakata, a man who was born with cerebral palsy claimed that the Public Election Law’s provision limiting the number of assistants to “those who work at polling stations” violates the Constitution because it does not protect the secrecy of the vote. The court rejected the man’s appeal.