The LDP-Komeito coalition has launched consultations with the small opposition party to discuss possible gasoline tax cuts and recently kicked off a debate on bolstering support for young people who care for family members due to illness, disability or other difficult conditions.
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.
Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi and former gender equality minister Seiko Noda said in an online town hall meeting for the Sept. 29 presidential election of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that more people aged 65 and older should continue to work and pay pension premiums.
However, there were some people with disabilities that were not happy about the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games being held. Yasuhiko Funago, who has ALS & Emiko Kimura who has cerebral palsy of the Reiwa Shinsengumi. Both are members of the House of Councillors, the Lower House in the Japanese Diet or Parliament.
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.
In a recent interview, Yasuhiko Funago, a member of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, said, ” I had to make the tough decision of not attending the Diet session for a few days between late February and early March, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan.
In a tweet posted on July 27, Shintaro Ishihara called ALS an “occupational disease”, and some on Twitter pointed out that “business disease” refers to “an intractable disease that has been thought to come at the expense of bad business,” and was at best a rude or derogatory term.