Japanese drugmaker Eisai Co. and U.S. biopharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. said Wednesday an Alzheimer’s drug they are jointly developing has been found effective in slowing the deterioration of symptoms in a late-stage clinical trial.
The Osaka District Court on Thursday dismissed a damages lawsuit filed against the government by a couple with disabilities over forced sterilization conducted under the now-defunct eugenic protection law.The ruling came even after Osaka and Tokyo high courts ordered the government to pay damages in similar suits on forced sterilization in February and March, respectively.
The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at a record high of 36.27 million as of Thursday, rising by 60,000 from a year before and accounting for 29.1 pct of the nation’s total population, also the highest ever, the internal affairs ministry said.
A U.N. Committee dealing with the rights of people with disabilities in Japan, on Friday 9th September, expressed its concerns that the involvement people with disabilities was “insufficient” when legislation was passed and public policy was being formed and set.
On September 13, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Keiko Nagaoka spoke to reporters after a Cabinet meeting, regarding the United Nations’ strong request to the Japanese government to end the current special needs education, citing that it is “separating” children with disabilities from regular education. At a press conference, she said, “I’m not thinking of canceling special needs education.”