Category: Reiwa Shinsengumi

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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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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.

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Japanese political party ‘Reiwa Shinsengumi’ with two elected members with disabilities, in conflict over use of the term ‘selecting lives’

“Selecting lives,” this word revives the unavoidable fear that I have had since I was a child, that I may be killed. I was very sad. It seems that my 35 years of fighting against discrimination in the community were denied, and I was very disappointed and could not control my anger.

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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.”