Category: Politics

Disability Japan Politics Reiwa Shinsengumi

Extraordinary session of the Diet begins, Japan’s PM Abe quotes disabled lawmaker in policy speech

In discussing the importance of building a diverse society, Abe quoted a remark by Yasuhiko Funago, a severely disabled lawmaker of new opposition party Reiwa Shinsengumi, that “humans can enjoy their lives no matter how their appearances change”.It is rare for a policy speech by a prime minister to refer to an opposition lawmaker.”

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Disability Japan Politics

Eiko Kimura, Diet member and disabled person [Tokyo Shimbun Interview]

“Eiko Kimura, a disabled person who was recently elected to the Japanese parliament’s Upper House was interviewed by The Tokyo Shimbun. Eiko Kimura was born in Yokohama. At the age of eight months, she fell from the entrance and became disabled. After graduating from school, he started living alone in Kunitachi, Tokyo at the age of 19. Kimura established the “Independence Station Tsubasa”, in Tama City, in 1994 to support the independence of persons with disabilities and she is the secretary-general of the organization.”

Disability Japan Politics Reiwa Shinsengumi

Newly elected Diet member with ALS seeks to change care for disabled, opposes LDP plans

“”I want to make use of my experience in politics to realize a society that can live a life with dignity and enjoyment regardless of disability or illness.” By listening to the voices of various persons with disabilities and disseminating them at the Diet, he expressed his willingness to change to the policy for persons with disabilities that can realize “reasonable consideration” from the standpoint of the parties.”