Japan

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

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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)

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)