On March 26, during a session on the budget, Japanese lawmakers with disabilities were able to cast a vote in person owing to a ramp that had been built in the House of Councillors in January. This was the first time in history a lawmaker with a disability could vote in person, before it had to be done via a House of Councillors staff member.
I became a bit tired of reporting about the number of infections at care homes in Japan and other ‘COVID-19 related stuff’, forso I didn’t make a new ‘Disability News Japan’ podcast for awhile, so I thought I would get back into the habit of making them.
The first Disability News Japan Podcast of 2020!
A man accused of killing 19 residents and injuring dozens more at a care home for people with mental disabilities in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2016 said on Monday 23rd December that he will admit to charges of murder and attempted murder at his trial, slated to begin on January 8th. It was previously reported by Kyodo News that the he would plead not guilty.
“A remark made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Group of 20 dinner that the installation of elevators at Osaka Castle was a “big mistake” has been criticized as lacking consideration for disabled people and especially inappropriate ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics next year.”
“The Disability News Japan Podcast is Barrier Free Japan’s Podcast, a weekly digest of some of the news about disability in Japan in audio form. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time.
This is the first episode, – the format and technology is still being experimented with, so this is ‘Episode Zero’ intended as kind of test run, I do hope you enjoy it.”