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Disability Discrimination Japan Travel

“Your disability certificate is fake” bus driver in Japan refuses male passenger with a disability over possibly expired disability certificate

A 52-year-old male driver of Orihime Bus, a route bus in Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, told a male passenger with a left leg and heart trouble to get off the bus early and said, “Your disability certificate is a fake,” according to an interview with the bus company Kiryu Asahi Jidosha and the city, which outsources its operation. According to the company, the driver had said that he had been given a disability certificate for six months.

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Unmanned Stations “not just about disabled people” say plaintiffs in JR Kyushu accessibility case

On February 10th, the Oita District Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by three wheelchair users in Oita City who claimed that they suffered from restrictions on their freedom of movement due to JR Kyushu’s decision to make its stations unmanned. The plaintiffs presented their views on JR Kyushu’s decision to make four new stations in the prefecture unmanned, and appealed to the court to “take a sincere look at its role as a public transportation system once again.

Disability Intellectual disabilities Japan Travel

JR and private railways yet to introduce discounts for people with ‘mental disabilities’ in the Tokyo metropolitan area

Of the 175 railroad companies in Japan, including streetcars and monorails, only 97, or more than half, offer discounted fares for the ‘mentally disabled’, according to an internal document of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) has released internal documents.

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Disability News Japan Podcast Episode 82: Japan’s Transport Ministry offers “administrative guidance” to JR Kyushu after wheelchair user was refused access to train

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has issued administrative guidance to Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) over an inability to provide assistance to a wheelchair user in Nagasaki Prefecture when the station had no personnel present, sometimes referred to as an ‘unmanned station.’