Category: Politics

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“We will connect to a Diet where various parties can work comfortably”: Japanese parliamentarians on being a politician with a disability

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.

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Japanese lawmakers with disabilities call for “immediate cancellation of the Tokyo Paralympics and strengthening of the medical system.”

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.

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Japanese disabled lawmakers vote in person for first time due to ramp installation

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.

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Japanese Lawmaker with ALS points to need for online Diet session

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.

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Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara criticized after calling ALS a “business disease” on Twitter

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.

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Japanese Lawmaker with ALS holds “strong concerns” over supposed ‘mercy killing’ of woman in Kyoto

Following the arrest of two doctors on Thursday 23 July for allegedly murdering a woman, Yuri Hayashi, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the patient’s request, Yasuhiko Funago, a member of the political party ‘Reiwa Shinsengumi’ has voiced concerns about the alleged ‘mercy killing’ incident in Kyoto.