This page features the news on disability from Japan in the Debrief Library. See also news from other countries.


Culture, Entertainment and Media

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TV and Film

Deaf Japanese actor is a sign of the times feature on the movie “Love Love”. (Oct, NHK)

Economics and Social Protection

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Social Protection

Inside Japan’s long experiment in automating eldercare. “A growing body of evidence is finding that robots tend to end up creating more work for caregivers.” (Jan, MIT Technology Review)

Institutions and Deinstitutionalization

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Freeing Disabled People from institutions in Japan: conversation with Misako Yasuhara. (Feb, ENIL)

Lived Experience and Opinion

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Why is Japan Seemingly Obsessed with “Barrier-Free Minds”? “Why is the phrase “Barrier-free minds” almost always used, but there is rarely any mention of ‘Barrier-free spaces’, physical environments where people with disabilities can live?” (Nov, Barrier Free Japan)

Mobility, Travel, Transport and Tourism

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Japan’s Transit System and its efforts on disability access (Jun, Bloomberg)

Policy and Rights

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Conclusions from the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the rights of people with disabilities in Japan: “Committee Experts commended Japan’s compensation of victims of eugenic surgery, while asking questions on institutionalisation and inclusive education.” (Aug, OHCHR)

Politics and Elections

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Candidate with severe disability wins seat in Japan's upper house (Jul, Disability Insider)

Interview with Eiko Kimura "the first person with a severe disability who is a member of the House of Councillors in Japan" (Jan, Equal Entry)

Relationships, Sex and Reproductive Rights

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Japan court awards damages to victims of forced sterilisation for first time three plaintiffs, in their 70s and 80s, receive payouts. (Feb, the Guardian)

Sport and Paralympics

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More accessibility: the Tokyo Olympic legacy for people with disabilities. (Jul, La Prensa Latina)