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By Michael Gillan Peckitt

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Hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt, who resides in Kobe, Japan, the Disability News Japan Podcast is News website 'Barrier Free Japan's podcast, a weekly digest of some of the news about disability in Japan in audio form. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 6am Japan Time.

Episode Date
Japan’s Barrier Free Minds
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has established appropriate facilities and equipment such as barrier-free toilets, parking facilities for wheelchair users, elevators in passenger facilities, and priority seats in vehicles so that those who “truly need them” can use them when they need them. The Ministry states that it will carry out a campaign to promote the use of these facilities and promote “barrier-free minds.” https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/11/28/why-is-japan-seemingly-obsessed-with-barrier-free-minds/
Dec 03, 2022
Kanagawa Man Accused Of Pushing Wheelchair User Wife Into The Sea
He said his wife, Teruko, lost the ability to move her legs more than four decades ago, and that he was “tired” of taking care of her, according to police. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/11/04/kanagawa-man-81-accused-of-pushing-wife-in-wheelchair-into-sea-killing-her/
Nov 13, 2022
Forced Sterilization Claims & The Return Of The Deep Dive Podcast
Japan Government to Face 3 New Suits over Forced Sterilization The Japanese government is slated to face three new damages lawsuits over forced sterilization under the now-defunct eugenic protection law. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/09/26/japan-govt-to-face-3-new-suits-over-forced-sterilization/ The Japan Time’s ‘Deep Dive’ Podcast Returns https://www.japantimes.co.jp/podcast_category/deep-dive/
Oct 05, 2022
Possible Sagamihara Stabbings Retrial & Three Years Since KyoAni
Possible Sagamihara Stabbings Retrial & Three Years Since KyoAni by Michael Gillan Peckitt
Jul 23, 2022
‘Stop War, Stop Putin, Peace in Ukraine’ A Protest in Kobe against the Invasion of Ukraine
Episodes Notes No, this episode of ‘Disability News Japan’ is not about disability in Japan, but I thought this was worth documenting and sharing. A group outside JR Sumiyoshi Station in Higashinada Ward, Kobe protest against the War in Ukraine in the evening of Wednesday 23rd March 2022. Be warned that partly because some of this podcast episode was recorded outside and some indoors (and partly because of the podcast creator's lack of skill with audio), the sound quality varies and is loud at times. If your hearing is good, listen with the volume down low! https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/03/23/the-things-barrier-free-japan-sees-on-the-way-home-people-in-kobe-protest-against-putins-invasion-of-ukraine/
Mar 24, 2022
Japanese Government Ordered to Pay Damages over Forced Sterilization
The Tokyo High Court overturned a lower court ruling, ordering the Japanese government to pay 15 million yen in damages to a 78-year-old man over forced sterilization under the now-defunct eugenic protection law. Episode Notes: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/03/11/japan-govt-ordered-to-pay-damages-over-forced-sterilization-after-tokyo-high-court-overturns-lower-court-ruling/ https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/03/08/japan-govt-appeals-to-top-court-over-forced-sterilization/ https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/02/23/japanese-government-ordered-to-pay-damages-over-forced-sterilization/
Mar 21, 2022
Pre-implantation screening raises spectre of eugenics for disabled people in Japan
Katsunori Fujii, a representative of the Japan Council on Disability held a press conference November 27th 2020 on the then proposed ‘Law on Special Provisions to the Civil Code regarding legal parent-child relationships of children born through Assisted Reproductive Technology’, saying that the law allows for the possibility of a ‘eugenic policy’ and creates a ‘sense of crisis’ for people with disabilities. Episode link: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/01/10/pre-implantation-screening-raises-spectre-of-eugenic-policy-for-some-people-with-disabilities-in-japan/
Jan 13, 2022
Tokyo Police send Papers to Prosecutors on Toyota Worker over Paralympic ‘Self-driving bus’ Accident
Tokyo Police send Papers to Prosecutors on Toyota Worker over Paralympic Village ‘Self-driving bus’ Accident Tokyo police sent to public prosecutors on Thursday papers on an employee of Toyota Motor Corp. over a self-driving bus accident at the Paralympic athletes village in Tokyo that inflicted injury on a visually impaired Japanese athlete. Episode link: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2022/01/06/tokyo-police-send-papers-to-prosecutors-on-toyota-worker-over-paralympic-village-self-driving-bus-accident/
Jan 06, 2022
Suspect In Fire At Osaka Mental Health Clinic Dies
Episode links: The suspect in a fatal fire at a mental health clinic in Osaka earlier this month died Thursday 30th December, police said. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/12/30/suspect-in-fire-at-osaka-mental-health-clinic-dies/
Jan 01, 2022
あけましておめでとうございます! Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from Disability News Japan! Episode links: Hosting Tokyo Olympics, Paralympics chosen as top domestic news in Japan in 2021: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/12/30/hosting-tokyo-olympics-paralympics-chosen-as-top-domestic-news-in-japan-in-2021/ Japan Govt Recognizes 675 COVID-19 Deaths at Home: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/12/29/japan-govt-recognizes-675-covid-19-deaths-at-home/
Dec 30, 2021
Kyoto mother who killed intellectually disabled son given suspended sentence
A mother accused of murdering her 17-year-old son, who had severe intellectual disabilities in Kyoto last July has been given a suspended sentence by the Kyoto District Court. During the trial, the mother, Fumino Sakayama (54) of Sakyo Ward admitted to killing her son, Ryu (17) but the defence argued that she was insane at the time, although the prosecutor’s office demanded a five-year sentence. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/12/14/kyoto-mother-who-killed-intellectually-disabled-son-given-suspended-sentence/
Dec 16, 2021
Transport Ministry gives “guidance” to JR Kyushu after wheelchair user was refused access to train
The 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.’ https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/12/07/japans-transport-ministry-issues-administrative-guidance-to-jr-kyushu-after-wheelchair-user-was-left-unable-to-board-train/
Dec 08, 2021
Hearing Impaired Woman Refused Access To Yokohama Ropeway
From The Mainichi Shimbun December 5 2021 YOKOHAMA - In July in Naka-ku, Yokohama, a hearing-impaired woman tried to ride on a ropeway by herself, but was refused use because of her disability, according to an interview with a person concerned. It was reported that the business operator has stipulated in the manual that hearing-impaired people should not use it alone. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/12/05/hearing-impaired-woman-refused-access-to-yokohama-ropeway/
Dec 05, 2021
JR West Develops Automatic Ramp For Wheelchair Users
From Jiji https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/11/17/jr-west-develops-automatic-ramp-for-wheelchair-passengers/ OSAKA – West Japan Railway Co said Wednesday that it has developed an automatic ramp system designed to help wheelchair users get on and off trains. The system automatically extends a stainless ramp when a train arrives at a station platform. This is the first device in Japan that simultaneously eliminates any vertical or horizontal gap between the platform and the train door, according to the company, better known as JR West. JR West plans to conduct demonstration tests until February next year, aiming to put it into practical use in a few years. The ramp is about 3.6 meters wide and some 1.5 meters long. When a censor at a station detects that a train has stopped, the ramp installed at the end of the platform will automatically come out in about five seconds, causing no delay in the train schedule.
Nov 23, 2021
Toyota’s Driverless Bus Restarts in Paralympic Village After Injury & Aghanistan's Athletes Compete
Episode Information: Toyota Motor Corp re-started running its driverless buses again in the athletes’ village in Tokyo on Tuesday 31st August with improved safety measures after they have been stopped since an accident last week involving a visually impaired Paralympian. The suspension was made after one of Toyota’s e-Palette autonomous electric buses hit a Paralympian, Japanese judoka Aramitsu Kitazono, who was trying to cross an intersection in the village, around 2 p.m. on Thursday. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/30/toyota-self-driving-buses-in-paralympic-village-to-restart-on-august-31-toyota-ceo-apologizes-for-overcofidence-in-the-technology/ Afghan athlete Hossain Rasouli competed in a long jump event on Tuesday at the Tokyo Paralympics after recently being evacuated from his home country, now under the control of the Taliban. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/31/evacuated-afghan-athlete-hossain-rasouli-makes-debut-at-tokyo-2020-paralympics/
Sep 01, 2021
'Overseas' Person Involved with Paralympics with COVID Hospitalized & Afghan Paralympians Evacuated
A person involved in the Tokyo Paralympics has been hospitalized with COVID-19, the games organizing committee said Thursday, the first of such case linked to the event. In confirming the hospitalization, organizers were keen to reiterate that the largest sporting event for athletes with disabilities is being held safely. A person from overseas linked with the Paralympics, but not an athlete, has been hospitalized after testing positive on Monday for the coronavirus. The patient is not displaying severe symptoms, committee spokesman Masanori Takaya said: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/26/tokyo-paralympics-confirm-1st-covid-19-hospitalization/ Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes have been safely evacuated from the country, the International Paralympic Committee said Wednesday, declining to specify their destination. The two taekwondo athletes, Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli, were originally due to represent their country at the Tokyo Paralympics But with the swift fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, the pair were among the tens of thousands trapped and unable to leave the country. Before the Games began, the IPC confirmed that the athletes would no longer be able to compete, and the Afghan flag featured at Tuesday’s opening ceremony in a symbolic fashion only, carried by a volunteer. “Efforts have been made to remove them from Afghanistan, they are now in a safe place,” IPC spokesman Craig Spence said Wednesday. “I’m not going to tell you where they are because this isn’t about sport, this is about human life and keeping people safe.” Spence said the pair would not be competing at the Games, and their focus at the moment was on their well-being. “Obviously they’ve been through a very traumatic process, they’re undergoing counseling and psychological help,” he told reporters. “We are being kept in the loop about their whereabouts and their well-being”: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/26/afghan-paralympians-evacuated-and-safe-ipc-says/
Aug 27, 2021
Children Start Watching Tokyo Paralympics At Venues
Episode Information: Japan started a special program Wednesday to allow schoolchildren to view Tokyo Paralympic events at venues as an exception to the policy of holding the Games without spectators. Participating children showed up at venues in and outside Tokyo, showing their support for Paralympians without uttering a sound. Meanwhile, schools are divided over whether to participate in the program. A growing number of schools have decided not to take part amid the spread of the novel coronavirus. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/26/children-start-watching-tokyo-paralympics-at-venues/
Aug 26, 2021
Afghanistan National Flag Displayed at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony
Episode Information: The Tokyo Paralympics’ opening ceremony included the flag of Afghanistan as a “sign of solidarity” since athletes from the country will not be able to compete against their wishes, a top official said Monday. Two athletes from Afghanistan, female para-taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi and male track athlete Hossain Rasouli, were expected to compete at the Paralympics, involving up to about 4,400 participants from roughly 160 countries and regions. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/24/tokyo-2020-paralympic-games-opening-ceremony-to-include-afghanistan-flag/
Aug 24, 2021
As Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Approaches, the #WeThe15 Disability Inclusiveness Campaign Begins
Episode Information: The International Paralympic Committee, along with dozens of other major organizations, has launched an advertising campaign entitled WeThe15. The #WeThe15 Campaign was launched on August 19 2021 just before opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 'WeThe15' is a global movement, which was founded by a coalition of organisations from sport, human rights, policy, communications, business, arts and entertainment, uniting to change attitudes and create more opportunities for persons with disabilities, as well as improve mobility and accessibility. ‘WeThe15’ plans to initiate change over the next decade by bringing together the biggest coalition ever of international organisations from the world of sport, human rights, policy, communications, business, arts and entertainment. WeThe15 Website: https://www.wethe15.org
Aug 20, 2021
Musician fired from Tokyo 2020, boasted of assaulting disabled is removed from Fuji Rock line-up
The musician Keigo Oyamada has been removed from the line-up at the prestigious music festival ‘Fuji Rock’. Keigo ‘Cornelius’ Oyamada, who confessed and apologized for forcing his classmates who had disabilities to eat their own faeces and masturbate in public, was to play as part of the band ‘Metafive’ on Friday August 20th and on the ‘Green stage’ on Saturday 21st August, in his solo capacity as ‘Cornelius’ at the popular music festival. Website link https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/15/musician-who-worked-for-tokyo-2020-olympics-and-boasted-of-assaulting-disabled-is-removed-from-fuji-rock-line-up/
Aug 16, 2021
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Torch Relay to span all of Japan’s prefectures
Spanning across all of Japan’s prefectures as well as in Stoke Mandeville in the United Kingdom – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement – the flame will be brought together to create a single flame at a Flame Gathering Event in Tokyo on 20 August. The Paralympic flame will also tour Shizuoka, Chiba and Saitama before the climax of the Paralympic Torch Relay from 17 August to 24 August; the day of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Website link https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/08/10/paralympic-torch-relay-to-span-all-of-japans-prefectures/
Aug 10, 2021
Five Year Anniversary of the Sagamihara Stabbings
July 26th 2021 marks the five year anniversary of what is now often referred to as the ‘Sagamihara Stabbings’, when in the early hours of July 26th 2016, Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the ‘Tsukui Yamayuri En’ or ‘Tsukui Lily Garden’ care home for people with disabilities, killed 19 residents with disabilities and injured at least 26 others. Uematsu, who talked about how people with disabilities could cause ‘only misery’. was later sentenced to death by the Yokohama District Court.
Jul 25, 2021
'Fuji Rock' gives high billing to musician who resigned from Tokyo 2020 for assaulting disabled
Barrier Free Japan: Keigo ‘Cornelius’ Oyamada, who confessed and apologized for forcing his classmates who had disabilities to eat their own faeces and masturbate in public, will play on the ‘Green stage’ on Saturday 21st August at the popular music festival. Oyamada, who was in charge of composing some of the music for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, had apologized for assaulting disabled classmates in the past but continued to stir an outcry on social media with growing calls for him to step down. He has since resigned for his role with the Olympics and his contribution, a four minute long composition, will reportedly be cut from the opening ceremony on Friday 23rd July. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/07/21/fuji-rock-festival-gives-high-billing-to-musician-who-confessed-to-assaulting-disabled-children/
Jul 21, 2021
Composer For The Tokyo 2020 Games Opening Ceremony Who Assaulted Disabled People Resigns
Oyamada, who was in charge of composing some of the music for the opening ceremony of the Olympics, apologized for bullying disabled classmates in the past but continued to stir an outcry on social media with growing calls for him to step down. The well-known rock musician admitted last week that interviews published in the January 1994 edition of magazine “Rockin’ On Japan” and in the August 1995 edition of magazine “Quick Japan” had quoted him correctly when he spoke about bullying childhood classmates with disabilities “without any regrets.” Barrier Free Japan: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/07/19/composer-for-tokyo-2020-opening-and-closing-ceremony-who-assaulted-disabled-people-informed-officials-of-his-intention-to-resign/ Japan Subculture Research Center: http://www.japansubculture.com/japans-olympic-composer-tortured-disabled-children-and-the-olympic-committee-says-to-the-world-eat-shit-no-problem/?fbclid=IwAR3N2vVZLgP6yWcOu7qGZYMcVnoJWwfGSM804TpibORGbVp-yeN8CcGKS4g
Jul 20, 2021
Composer For The Tokyo 2020 Games Apologizes For Assaulting Disabled People
“Oyamada confessed to two magazines that he bullied during his school days. In the January 1994 issue of the Japanese music magazine "Rocking On Japan," he wrote, "I would make him naked, wrap a string around him, and make him masturbate.” https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/07/17/composer-for-the-tokyo-2020-olympics-for-the-opening-and-closing-ceremonies-apologizes-for-bullying-confessions-regarding-disabled-people/ Japan Subculture Research Center: http://www.japansubculture.com/japans-olympic-composer-tortured-disabled-children-and-the-olympic-committee-says-to-the-world-eat-shit-no-problem/?fbclid=IwAR2ado8PcnhtKvCzw6P2eYo1O2XMQGWCR7yHip5ZA4jeBWbLxaiNydgGGCQ
Jul 18, 2021
Japan’s PM Suga thinks “It would be nice to have at least some spectators” at the Paralympic Games
“It would be nice to have at least some spectators” when the Paralympics are held from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5, Japan’s PM Suga said, adding the decision will be made among organizers including his government, the Japanese organizing committee and the International Paralympic Committee. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/07/17/japans-pm-suga-thinks-it-would-be-nice-to-have-at-least-some-spectators-at-paralympic-games/
Jul 17, 2021
Women With Disabilities In Japan Want The Tokyo 2020 Games To Be Cancelled
With the opening of the Olympic & Paralympic Games looming amid renewed fears of the spread of a new coronavirus, a group consisting of women with disabilities have issued a statement calling for the Tokyo Games to be cancelled, claiming that holding the Games would endanger their lives. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/07/14/tokyo-olympics-should-be-cancelled-say-women-with-disabilities-in-japan/
Jul 14, 2021
Vaccinations Postponed in Japan, Mudslides deprive disabled people of a workplace
Disability News Japan’s vaccine appointment in Kobe has been cancelled due to lack of supply of the vaccine: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/07/08/barrier-free-japans-vaccine-appointment-has-been-cancelled-due-to-lack-of-supply/ Mudslides in Japan deprive disabled people of a place to work’: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/07/10/mudslides-in-japan-deprive-disabled-people-of-a-place-to-work/
Jul 11, 2021
Disability News Japan Will Be Vaccinated!
Your favorite maker of podcasts about disability in Japan will be vaccinated in July!
Jun 26, 2021
Tsu District Court to hear case of killing disabled daughter by 72 year mother with an illness
The trial in a murder case in which an elderly mother, who lived alone with her daughter who had a severe intellectual disability, will begin at the Tsu District Court on June 7th. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/06/06/tsu-district-court-to-hear-case-of-killing-of-daughter-with-a-disability-by-72-year-mother-with-an-illness/
Jun 14, 2021
Japanese Wheelchair User Votes In Diet For First Time In History
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. Japanese disabled lawmakers vote in person for first time due to ramp installation: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2021/03/27/japanese-disabled-lawmakers-vote-in-person-for-first-time-due-to-ramp-installation/
Apr 03, 2021
Wishing you a Merry ‘Clustery’ Christmas from Japan
Deck the halls with boughs of vaccine! So much of 2020 has been about the coronavirus – which does of course affect people with disabilities – but sometimes does make for a boring podcast, so I haven’t been making many recordings. However, I have mentioned a case of COVID-19 infection at a care home for people with disabilities in the link below: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/12/23/coronavirus-cluster-found-at-gifu-welfare-facility-for-people-with-disabilities/
Dec 23, 2020
Almost Half of Japan’s Railway Stations are “Unmanned”, posing problems for disabled in Japan
The number of “unmanned stations” without station staff all day long has risen to more than 4,500 stations, which is close to half of the stations nationwide, and is still increasing. Article link: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/11/09/unmanned-train-stations-continues-to-pose-problems-for-people-with-disabilities-in-japan/
Nov 18, 2020
“I will release Sarin at the Budokan and kill a lot of people with disabilities.”
On the day of Nippon Television's "24-hour TV" that will broadcast on the 22nd to 23rd, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department main office said on the 21st that the suspect posted on Twitter phrases such as "Sprinkle Sarin." The suspect also stated that: "On the day of 24-hour TV, I will release sarin at the Budokan and kill a lot of people with disabilities." Article link: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/08/21/on-the-day-of-24-hour-tv-i-will-release-sarin-at-the-budokan-and-kill-a-lot-of-people-with-disabilities/
Aug 23, 2020
Two physicians arrested for murder after Kyoto woman requested help to die via SNS
Arrested doctors knew Kyoto based woman with ALS seeking to end her life through SNS: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/07/23/arrested-doctors-knew-kyoto-based-woman-with-als-seeking-to-end-her-life-through-sns/ According to the Kyoto prefectural police department, the two suspects were not the woman's attending doctors and were unacquainted with her. They apparently got to know each other through social media.
Jul 23, 2020
Coronavirus-related Podcasting Ennui
I have not had Coronavirus, but my lack of podcasting is kind of ‘COVID-19 related.’ Barrier Free Japan: https://barrierfreejapan.com
Jul 21, 2020
Coronavirus a concern for care homes In Japan as Golden Week holiday begins
Episode links: ‘900 Welfare offices for persons with disabilities closed throughout Japan due to COVID-19’: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/28/900-welfare-offices-for-persons-with-disabilities-closed-throughout-japan-due-to-covid-19/ ‘Two employees at a Tokyo facility for disabled found to be infected with COVID-19 after ten were known to be infected’: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/27/two-employees-at-a-tokyo-facility-for-disabled-found-to-be-infected-with-covid-19-after-ten-were-known-infected/
Apr 30, 2020
Sagamihara Massacre to be Remembered through Japanese Sign Language
Episode links: As the disability welfare facility in Kanagawa Prefecture, where 19 disabled residents and 26 others were injured by Satoshi Uematsu in July 2016, is rebuilt in a new location, part of the name of the old facility “Yamayuri” was registered with the Japanese Sign Language Institute on March 27 so that the massacre is not forgotten. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/18/name-of-care-home-where-disabled-residents-were-killed-and-injured-registered-with-japanese-sign-language-institute/
Apr 20, 2020
40 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Saitama at facilities for disabled people
Episode links: Saitama Prefecture announced on April 12 that a total of 40 new coronavirus infections have been confirmed in the prefecture. In addition, at two facilities for the disabled, operated by a social welfare corporation in Tokorozawa City, a total of 10 staff members and users were found to be infected, and the prefecture was examined as a cluster. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/13/40-new-covid-19-cases-confirmed-in-saitama-at-facilities-for-disabled-people/
Apr 13, 2020
As Japan’s PM Abe declares state of emergency, ‘telework’ poses problems for disabled people
Episode links: ‘Japan's PM Abe declares state of emergency amid widespread virus infections’: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/07/japans-pm-abe-declares-state-of-emergency-amid-widespread-virus-infections/ "I can't participate in TV or teleconferences." Japan's disabled face difficulties working from home: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/03/i-cant-participate-in-tv-or-teleconferences-japans-disabled-face-difficulties-working-from-home/
Apr 07, 2020
Number of infected at Chiba care home increases, Sagamihara killer’s defense team withdraws appeal
Episode links: 95 people confirmed as infected with COVID-19 at Chiba welfare facility for the disabled: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/01/95-people-confirmed-as-infected-with-covid-19-at-chiba-welfare-facility-for-the-disabled/ As death sentence is finalized, Sagamihara killer says he was “wrong to continue the trial”: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/04/01/as-death-sentence-is-finalized-sagamihara-killer-says-he-was-wrong-to-continue-the-trial/
Apr 02, 2020
58 Test Positive for Coronavirus at Chiba Prefecture Facility for Disabled People
Episode links: Chiba Governor Kensaku Morita held a press conference on the night of the 28th, calling it a “grave situation” and saying that a total of 58 people were newly infected, including 32 of the staff of the Hokuso Ikusei-en facility as well as 26 of the residents. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/03/28/57-people-at-chiba-welfare-facility-for-persons-with-disabilities-infected-with-new-coronavirus/ Sagamihara killer’s defense team to apply to appeal death sentence: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/03/28/sagamihara-killers-defense-team-to-apply-to-appeal-death-sentence/
Mar 29, 2020
As deadline approaches, Sagamihara killer re-states that he will not appeal death sentence
Episode links: On March 24, the man convicted of killing 19 disabled residents and injuring dozens more restated his intention to not appeal his death sentence. Satoshi Uematsu said: “I had expected to be given the death sentence, but I’m not satisfied with the contents of the trial because it proceeded on the assumption that people with disabilities have human rights.” https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/03/26/as-deadline-approaches-sagamihara-killer-re-states-that-he-will-not-appeal-death-sentence/
Mar 26, 2020
Lawmaker with cerebral palsy excluded from COVID-19 Countermeasures Committee
Episode links: On Thursday March 19th, Eiko Kimura, a representative of the House of Councillors and a member of the Reiwa Shinsengumi, who has cerebral palsy, was excluded from a cross-party committee meeting about the novel coronavirus threat. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/03/23/lawmaker-with-cerebral-palsy-excluded-from-covid-19-committee-meeting-claims-discrimination/
Mar 24, 2020
Sagamihara killer given death penalty & COVID-19
Episode links: The Yokohama District Court sentenced Satoshi Uematsu (30) to death on March 16th for killing 19 residents and injuring 26 others at a care home in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture in July 2016: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/03/16/sagamihara-massacre-defendant-receives-death-penalty/ Sagamihara Care Home Killings documents to be archived: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/03/19/documents-and-materials-relating-to-sagamihara-care-home-killings-to-be-permanently-preserved/
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus, Paralympics & A Lack Of News
Paralympics: IPC to continue preps for Tokyo Games despite coronavirus Episode links: The International Paralympic Committee said Thursday it will stay the course in preparations for this summer’s Tokyo Games despite mounting concerns over the spread of coronavirus in Japan. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/02/28/paralympics-ipc-to-continue-preps-for-tokyo-games-despite-coronavirus/
Feb 28, 2020
On the Fourth Day of Hearings, the Families of the Sagamihara Victims Speak Out in Court
NHK reports on the fourth day of hearings, the families of the Sagamihara victims speak out in court.
Jan 16, 2020
NHK Reports the First Day of the ‘Sagamihara Massacre’ Trial
Episode links: A man accused of killing 19 residents and injuring dozens more in a knife rampage at a care home for mentally disabled people near Tokyo in 2016 pleaded not guilty Wednesday in court, insisting he was mentally incompetent. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2020/01/08/man-pleads-not-guilty-over-2016-mass-murder-of-19-people-at-care-home/
Jan 08, 2020
A New Year and a New Trial for the Suspect in the Sagamihara Massacre
Episode links: A man accused of killing 19 residents and injuring dozens more at a care home for people with mental disabilities in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2016 said on Monday 23rd December that he will admit to charges of murder and attempted murder at his trial, slated to begin on January 8th. It was previously reported by Kyodo News that the he would plead not guilty. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/12/24/confusion-over-how-care-home-killings-suspect-intends-to-plead/
Jan 03, 2020
Meri Kurisumasu from The Disability News Japan Podcast
Episode links: IT’S CHRISTMAS! This will probably my last ‘Disability News Japan’ podcast of 2019, although there is an interesting report about how FY 2018 was a record high for abuse of people with disabilities in Japan as 2,745 were recorded. The trial of the suspect in the Sagamihara ‘stabbings’ or ‘massacre’ case will begin on January 8th 2020 https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/12/20/abuses-against-disabled-hit-record-2745-in-japan-in-fy-2018/
Dec 21, 2019
Sagamihara care home stabbings accused to plead not guilty
Episode links: A man accused of killing 19 residents at a care home for mentally disabled people near Tokyo is expected to plead not guilty at a trial to begin ion January 8th, sources reported on Friday 13th December. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/12/14/sagamihara-care-home-stabbings-accused-to-plead-not-guilty/
Dec 19, 2019
PM Abe: Shredding of Hanami Invites Due to “the work schedule of the disabled contractor in charge"
Episode links: Under questioning in parliament on Tuesday, PM Abe repeated this explanation, adding the shredding took place when it did “because of the work schedule of the disabled contractor in charge”. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/12/04/prime-minister-abe-blames-shredding-of-documents-of-cherry-blossom-viewing-party-on-the-work-schedule-of-the-disabled-contractor-in-charge/
Dec 05, 2019
Disabled Japanese lawmaker Eiko Kimura's first question concerns accessibility at public facilities
Episode links: Eiko Kimura, a member of the Reiwa Shinsengumi political party, who has a severe disability, asked her first question at the National Land Transportation Committee on November 5th. Kimura, who was elected for the first time in the Summer, at House of Councilors election, faced the first question at the House of Councilors Land Transportation Committee on the 5th, and gave her opinion to the government about making public facilities barrier-free. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/11/05/asking-her-first-question-at-the-diet-disabled-lawmaker-eiko-kimura-highlights-accessibility-issues-at-public-facilities-in-japan/
Nov 07, 2019
International Paralympic Committee says 2020 marathon to proceed in Tokyo
Episode links: The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games marathon will proceed in the Japanese capital as planned, International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said Thursday. Parsons made the statement after meeting in Tokyo with local organizing committee chief Yoshiro Mori as talks continue between the Tokyo metropolitan government and the International Olympic Committee on the relocation of the Olympic marathon and race walk events to Sapporo. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/10/31/paralympics-ipc-says-marathon-to-proceed-in-tokyo/
Oct 31, 2019
Elderly woman falls to her death in Typhoon Hagibis rescue operation
Episode links: A woman in her 70s died after accidentally falling from a helicopter in a rescue operation during Typhoon Hagibis. The Tokyo Fire Department apologized on October 13th for the accident, saying that rescuers forgot to attach the hook of her safety harness. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/10/15/elderly-woman-falls-to-her-death-in-typhoon-hagibis-rescue-operation-updated/
Oct 17, 2019
Japanese government and manufacturers promote electric wheelchairs for the elderly
pisode links: The Japanese government and manufacturers are promoting electric wheelchairs as a means of transportation to replace automobiles at a time when elderly people are increasingly returning their driver’s licenses. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/09/18/japanese-government-and-manufacturers-promote-electric-wheelchairs/
Sep 19, 2019
Nagoya father admits killing disabled son, defense says “defendant should not be blamed.”
Episode links: A man aged 52, accused of murdering his eldest son who lived with him in his home in Kita-ku, Nagoya, has admitted to strangling him in January 2018. The defendant was quoted as saying “I strangled my son”. The defense asked for a probationary sentence saying that “the eldest son had a disability and that the defendant should not be blamed.” https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/09/05/i-strangled-my-son-father-of-disabled-son-admits-at-nagoya-district-court/
Sep 05, 2019
One year until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics & Japan fails to meet employment targets for the disabled
Episode links: Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday that 17 of 44 government entities saw their numbers of workers with disabilities fall short of necessary levels as of June 1st this year. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/08/29/japans-employment-rate-of-disabled-2-3-still-below-legal-level-as-of-june/
Aug 29, 2019
Newly Elected Japanese Lawmaker with ALS has Problems Accessing the Diet
Episode links: Since there was no ramp at the main entrance, recently elected Yasuhiko Funago of Reiwa Shinsengumi, who has ALS had to enter via the rear entrance on August 1st, for an 'extraordinary session' of the Diet. 'Japan lawmakers with severe disabilities attend 1st Diet session' https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/08/2be2923e7f1b-update1-japan-lawmakers-with-severe-disabilities-attend-1st-diet-session.html https://barrierfreejapan.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/sagamihara-accused-i-wont-claim-that-im-unable-to-take-criminal-responsibility/ The audio report is from NHK G's ‘News Watch 9.’
Aug 01, 2019
Sagamihara accused :“I won’t claim that I’m unable to take criminal responsibility”
Episode links: The suspect accused of the 2016 massacre at a care home for people with mental disabilities in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, has said he will not claim that he is mentally incompetent to take responsibility for the attack in his upcoming trial. https://barrierfreejapan.wordpress.com/2019/07/25/sagamihara-accused-i-wont-claim-that-im-unable-to-take-criminal-responsibility/
Jul 25, 2019
At G-20 dinner, Prime Minister Abe calls installing elevators at Osaka Castle a ‘big mistake’
Episode links: A remark made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Group of 20 dinner that the installation of elevators at Osaka Castle was a “big mistake” has been criticized as lacking consideration for disabled people and especially inappropriate ahead of the Tokyo Paralympics next year. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/06/30/at-g-20-summit-dinner-japanese-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-says-installing-elevators-at-osaka-castle-a-big-mistake/
Jul 11, 2019
Stabbing of a Police Officer in Osaka Prefecture, the Japanese Media and Mental Health
Episode links: 33-year-old arrested over attack on Osaka Prefecture policeman https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/06/18/33-year-old-arrested-over-attack-on-osaka-prefecture-policeman/ In response to questioning, Iimori reportedly said: “That’s not something I did. I think it happened because my illness got worse and the people around me got worse.” I misspoke on the podcast, although I did correct it later in the recording. The police officer Kose whose first name is Suzunosuke, is still in a coma at the time I recorded this, and I hope Officer Kose Suzunosuke recovers soon.
Jun 20, 2019
“If you have not experienced the discrimination the disabled receive, then you cannot understand.”
“If you have not experienced the kind of discrimination the disabled receive, then you cannot understand it.” Episode links: Forced Sterilization case is heard at the Kobe District Court: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/05/23/forced-sterilization-case-is-heard-at-the-kobe-district-court/ Forced
May 26, 2019
Trial Date for Sagamihara Stabbings Suspect Set
Episode links: The suspect will face trial on January 8th 2020. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/04/25/sagamihara-stabbings-suspects-trial-to-begin-january-2020/
May 02, 2019
Disability News Japan: The XL Golden Week Edition
Since there is an extra long Golden Week because of the Emperor’s abdication, marking the end of the Heisei era and the beginning of the Reiwa era, there might be a lack of news, so I made an extra long podcast. April 29th and May 3rd to 6th are already assigned as national and public holidays. May 1st is designated as a national holiday, April 30th and May 2nd will become public holidays, resulting in a rare 10-day vacation period beginning April 27th, which falls on a Saturday. Hopefully, there will still be news articles to share, but there may no podcasts until the second week of May. Episode links: Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Marathon ‘Ticket Lottery’ to begin May 9th: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/04/08/tokyo-2020-paralympics-marathon-classes-announced/ Forced Sterilization Compensation Bill is enacted: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/04/24/japan-enacts-law-to-redress-victims-of-forced-sterilization/
Apr 25, 2019
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Marathon Event Information Confirmed by Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee
Episode links: The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) confirmed the route of the Paralympic marathon events, following its approval by the World Para Athletics organization. Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Marathon event classes announced: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/04/08/tokyo-2020-paralympics-marathon-classes-announced/ Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Marathon Course Confirmed (via Accessible Japan @AccessibleJapan on Twitter): https://www.accessible-japan.com/tokyo-2020-paralympic-marathon-course-confirmed/
Apr 11, 2019
Japan’s ‘New Era’ is called ‘Reiwa’, unless you are deaf, then it might be called 'Meiwa'
Episode links: “[The] Japanese government[sic] announced the new era name on April 1st 2019. However, the JSL interpreter next to chief cabinet secretary made a mistake. The new era name is “Reiwa” which has two Chinerse characters – ‘rei’ and ‘wa’ However, the deaf signers figerspelling [sic] showed it as ‘Mei-wai’ the first broadcast. The TV broadcat will be reproduced many times in the future and many Deaf Japanese people might find the mistake again and again though hearing people would not notice the situation.” https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/04/01/whether-disabled-people-will-be-orderly-or-harmonious-at-least-the-reiwa-eras-name-in-japan-was-announced-with-sign-language/
Apr 04, 2019
Two years and eight months after massacre of disabled people, Sagamihara care home is dismantled
Episode links: The facility for people with intellectual disabilities called “Tsukui Yamayurien” in Sagamihara City where 19 people disabled people were killed on July 26th 2016, has been dismantled. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/03/27/two-years-and-eight-months-after-massacre-of-disabled-people-sagamihara-care-home-is-dismantled/
Mar 28, 2019
Disability News Japan Hyogo police to compensate disabled man after illegal DNA collection
Episode links: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/03/14/hyogo-prefectural-police-instructed-pay-compensation-over-illegal-dna-collection-from-intellectually-disabled-man/
Mar 21, 2019
Tokyo Hospital approved surgeon's proposal to stop dialysis for non-terminal kidney disease patients
The director of a hospital in Fussa, Tokyo, where a woman with a kidney ailment died after a surgeon discontinued dialysis on her with her consent, has admitted that he approved the surgeon's proposal to stop such treatment. "In ordinary medical practices, doctors offer various options for treatment," Takeshi Matsuyama, head of Fussa Hospital in the western Tokyo city of Fussa, said in an interview with the Mainichi Shimbun. Website links: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/03/09/20-nonterminally-ill-patients-died-after-hospital-didnt-carry-out-dialysis-treatment/ https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/03/12/hospital-head-approved-surgeons-proposal-to-stop-dialysis-for-kidney-disease-patients/
Mar 14, 2019
Disability News Japan Attention! There are only stairs!
Barrier Free Japan went to JR Shibuya Station to see how accessible it might be for disabled people. Website links (includes images & video): https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/03/07/attention-there-are-only-stairs-at-jr-shibuya-unless-you-take-the-south-ticket-gate/
Mar 07, 2019
Disability News Japan Ep 18 Yumi Suzuki, who has cerebral palsy, files forced sterilization lawsuit
Episode Weblink: Yumi Suzuki, a woman with cerebral palsy, who is now 63 years old, filed a civil lawsuit at the Kobe District Court on Wednesday February 27th seeking compensation of 11 million yen for violations she experienced under the former Eugenic Protection Law, which was a law enforced in Japan from 1948 until 1996. According to Yumi Suzuki, who is living in bed and was using a wheelchair from early childhood, she was taken to a hospital by the family in the spring of 1968, and was given an operation without explanation. Suzuki said she had forced sterilization surgery after 3 to 4 years after being hospitalized. https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/02/27/kobe-resident-with-cerebral-palsy-yumi-suzuki-files-civil-lawsuit-over-forced-sterilization/
Feb 28, 2019
Disability News Japan Episode 17 Will Wheelchair Users in Japan be left ‘Standing in the Doorway?’
A group representing disabled people in Japan has said the doorway width stipulated in a planned amendment of Tokyo's barrier-free ordinance for hotels is unlikely to be wide enough for many wheelchairs. Under the Road Traffic Act, wheelchair users are regarded as pedestrians as long as the vehicle they ride in measures no more than 120 centimeters in length, 70 centimeters in width and 109 centimeters in height. Even in the case of an electric wheelchair, if the maximum speed was 6 kilometers or less per hour, the user is regarded as a pedestrian. Episode Weblinks: Disability group claims width mandated by Tokyo accessibility ordinance insufficient for wheelchairs: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/02/19/disability-group-claims-width-mandated-by-tokyo-accessibility-ordinance-insufficient-for-wheelchairs/ Man in wheelchair sues department store over wine-tasting refusal: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/22/man-in-wheelchair-sues-department-store-over-wine-tasting-refusal/
Feb 21, 2019
Disability News Japan Episode 16 Disabled Japanese Actress Mei Kayama stars in ’37 Seconds’
In “37 Seconds” Japanese director Hikari chose to tackle a topic that, she said, audiences in her country were reluctant to embrace. Her protagonist, played by amateur actress Mei Kayama, has cerebral palsy. Episode Weblink: Sex and disability make for a tenderly humorous Japanese drama: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/02/14/sex-and-disability-make-for-tenderly-humorous-japanese-drama/ Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Feb 14, 2019
Disability News Japan Episode 15 A new ‘Moon’ and Two new Forced Sterilization lawsuits
A novel titled ‘Moon’, which depicts a fictionalized version of the Sagamihara killing: was published in October 2018; and in late January 2019, two civil lawsuits were filed over forced sterilization, one in Kumamoto and the other in Osaka. Episode Weblinks: A novel titled ‘Moon’ depicts a fictionalized version of the Sagamihara killings: http://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/01/29/a-novel-titled-moon-depicts-a-fictionalized-version-of-the-sagamihara-killings/ Woman from Kumamoto forced to have abortion & sterilized: http://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/01/30/your-first-child-has-a-disability-the-second-will-not-grow-up-properly-either-japanese-woman-forced-to-abort-second-and-sterilized-under-eugenics-law-files-lawsuit/ Couple with hearing impairments file a lawsuit in Osaka over forced sterilization: http://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/01/31/i-want-the-country-to-apologize-couple-with-hearing-impairments-file-a-lawsuit-in-osaka-over-forced-sterilization/ Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Jan 31, 2019
Disability News Japan Episode 14 The ‘No News’ Podcast
There just aren't that many stories about disability in Japan yet in 2019! I'm sure will appear soon! Episode Weblinks: Japan Government to allow disabled people to work part time beforehand: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/01/15/japan-govt-to-allow-disabled-people-to-work-part-time-beforehand/ Sagamihara defendant interviewed in December 2018: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2019/01/01/sagamihara-defendant-interviewed-in-december-2018/ Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Jan 17, 2019
Disability News Japan Happy New Year! Disability Employment Legislation to be Revised
Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます!Welcome to the Year of the boar! A draft of the bill to revise the Employment Promotion Act for Persons with Disabilities submitted to the ordinary Diet session next year by the government was announced on Thursday 3rd January 2019, to deal with the problem in increasing the employment of persons with disabilities such as central ministries. Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/12/31/draft-employment-act-for-disabled-persons-to-be-announced-by-japanese-parliament-early-january/ Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Jan 03, 2019
Disability News Japan Episode 13 “Give me back a body that can bear children.”
he first oral arguments were heard in the district court here on Dec. 12 in the case of a 75-year-old woman with intellectual disabilities from western Japan suing the government for compensation over her forced sterilization surgery under the eugenic protection law (1948-1996). Facing the courtroom to give her testimony, the woman lamented, “Give me back a body that can bear children.” Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/12/14/return-my-body-that-can-bear-children-testimony-begins-in-osaka-eugenics-case/ Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Dec 16, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 12 Bereaved family writes about Sagamihara killings
Since the Sagamihara killings, a bereaved family who lost their son (aged 41)wrote a note describing their feelings, a note that was printed in Kyodo News, saying “I would like to see you. My thoughts are getting stronger.” It has been two years and four months since the occurrence on 26th. “We are paying more attention to people with disabilities”. Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/27/looking-to-people-with-disabilities-a-bereaved-family-writes-about-sagamihara-killing-case/ Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Dec 01, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 11 The No Wine Tasting & No News Podcast
I hope y’all had a good Thanksgiving and will have a good holiday season. Since we all tend to have holidays, Christmas, New Year and such – including the Apple Podcast staff it seems – until 2019 I may not upload a video every week unless something big turns up, which I hope it won’t as it might mean bad news. So unless something big turns up, I hope you all have a good holiday Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/22/man-in-wheelchair-sues-department-store-over-wine-tasting-refusal/ Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Nov 25, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 10 Disabled ‘Power Harassment’ Victim “was saved by going to trial”
Suzuki said: "It is my wish to have an environment that allows people with disabilities like me to work” Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/08/after-out-of-court-settlement-an-intellectually-disabled-man-describes-power-harassment-at-tokyo-company/Interesting Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Nov 15, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 9B Quake-hit Hokkaido to build temp facilities for disabled & elderly
“The northernmost prefecture plans to have the facilities ready for prospective residents before the end of this year, they said. Hokkaido has devised the plan so that these people displaced by the quake can stay together and maintain their communities. It is hoped that the arrangement can prevent their health from worsening due to sudden changes in their living conditions caused by the quake disaster. The project is the first of its kind in Japan, according to experts.” Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/12/quake-hit-hokkaido-to-build-large-temp-homes-for-elderly-disabled-to-keep-communities/ Interesting Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Nov 12, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 9 Two months after Hokkaido quake, Blind people lack assistance
Two months after an earthquake in Hokkaido, many visually impaired people continue to suffer. Even those who have not had their homes destroyed, cannot clean up the interior where household goods have scattered, etc., and assistance from those nearby is indispensable for rebuilding their lives. Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/07/two-months-after-hokkaido-earthquake-visually-impaired-people-lack-assistance/ Interesting Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Nov 08, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode8PM Abe “Sorry” for “Neglected” Disability Employment
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a House of Representatives Budget Committee on the morning of November 2nd that the central ministries had been increasing the number of persons with disabilities, “I am sorry as a head of an administration for a problem that had been neglected for nearly 20 years,” Abe said, responding to a question from Junya Ogawa of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan in the House of Representatives. Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/11/04/japans-pm-abe-apologizes-for-nearly-20-years-of-neglecting-disability-employment-issue/ Interesting Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Nov 04, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 7 Padded Jobs
Disability News Japan Episode 7 Padded Jobs According to a report by a third-party inquiry panel, a total of 3,700 employees at 28 ministries, agencies and other government bodies had been counted inappropriately as disabled workers as of June 1, 2017. Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/23/japan-ministries-counted-dead-and-retired-people-in-totals-to-meet-legal-disability-quotas/ https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/24/questions-linger-on-govt-padding-of-disabled-workforce-figures-after-third-party-probe/ https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/28/japanese-labor-ministry-to-conduct-survey-on-the-padding-of-disability-employment-figures/ Other Interesting Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Nov 01, 2018
Disability News Japan Ep 6 Forced Sterilization “Not informing victims means not compensating them”
“The nondisclosure policy, which would even be applied to victims with surgery records, is designed to protect the victims’ privacy, say its drafters. But caregivers of victims with intellectual disabilities and experts suspect that its hidden goal is to limit the number of people who come forward to receive the compensation.” Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/31/govt-silence-on-sterilization-damage-to-victims-faces-criticism-from-experts/ Other Interesting Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Oct 31, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 5 Paralympics posters removed from JR Tokyo Station
The posters were part of a series with quotations from 23 athletes with disabilities. One of the athletes is quoting as saying: “Disability is nothing but an excuse. If I lose a game, it only means I’m weak.” The Disability News Japan is the podcast accompanying Barrier Free Japan's website. It is a weekly digest of some of the news about disability, hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt. New episodes will usually be available every Friday at 6am Japan Time. Episode Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/18/tokyo-2020-paralympics-posters-removed-after-criticism-from-disabled-people/ Other Interesting Accessibility & Japan Related Links: Accessible Travel Forum: https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Japan: https://www.accessible-japan.com
Oct 25, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 4 The Dead and Retired Japanese Government Disabled Employees
Japanese Ministries and agencies “arbitrarily interpreted” guidelines for employing disabled people and counted people who were retired or even dead among their numbers in an attempt to meet legal quotas for the employment od disability people. The Disability News Japan is the podcast accompanying Barrier Free Japan's website. It is a weekly digest of some of the news about disability, hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt. New episodes will usually be available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time. Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/23/japan-ministries-counted-dead-and-retired-people-in-totals-to-meet-legal-disability-quotas/
Oct 23, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 3B The Accessible Travel Forum
The Disability News Japan is the podcast accompanying Barrier Free Japan's website. It is a weekly digest of some of the news about disability, hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt. New episodes will usually be available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time. Accessible Travel Forum (Website): https://www.accessibletravelforum.com Accessible Travel Forum (Twitter): @AccessibleTF Accessible Japan (Website): https://www.accessible-japan.com Accessible Japan (Twitter): @AccessibleJapan
Oct 22, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 3 The Tale of the Yakuza and the Hearing Impaired Woman
The Disability News Japan is the podcast accompanying Barrier Free Japan's website. It is a weekly digest of some of the news about disability, hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time. This week, and under-reported news story about the Yakzua threatening a hearing impaired woman. Weblink: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/14/three-arrested-for-assaulting-hearing-impaired-woman-japanese-crime-groups-members-allegedly-involved/
Oct 19, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode ‘2S’ Technological Difficulties 13:10:18
The Disability News Japan is the podcast accompanying Barrier Free Japan's website. It is a weekly digest of some of the news about disability, hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time. This episode is posted at an unusual time. I had technical difficulties last week, in other words my iPhone died. Such technological difficulties were in a way, serendipitous, as such problems relate to the subject I just wrote about for Monday 15th October edition of The Japan Times. Episode Weblink: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2018/10/14/voices/elderly-disabled-people-japan-want-robots-look/#.W8NEc62B2T9
Oct 14, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 2 Forced Sterilization Case in Kobe 05/10/18
The Disability News Japan is the podcast accompanying Barrier Free Japan's website. It is a weekly digest of some of the news about disability, hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time. This episode offers an editorial comment a civil court case over forced sterilization in Kobe, Japan. Weblink: Forced sterilization court case in Kobe reveals infertility treatment on 'unhappy children' https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/10/02/forced-sterilization-court-case-in-kobe-reveals-policy-of-infertility-treatment-on-unhappy-children/
Oct 05, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode 1 Safety Barriers 28/09/2018
The Disability News Japan is the podcast accompanying Barrier Free Japan's website. It is a weekly digest of some of the news about disability, hosted by Michael Gillan Peckitt. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time. This episode offers an editorial comment about the death of an elderly wheelchair user at a railway crossing in Kobe Japan. Website link: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2018/09/18/wheelchair-users-death-at-a-kobe-railway-station-further-highlights-lack-of-accessibility/
Sep 28, 2018
Disability News Japan Episode Zero
The Disability News Japan Podcast is Barrier Free Japan's Podcast, a weekly digest of some of the news about disability in Japan in audio form. New episodes will usually available every Friday at 3pm Japan Time. This is the first episode, - the format and technology is still being experimented with, so this is 'Episode Zero' intended as kind of test run, I do hope you enjoy it.
Sep 27, 2018