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2015-06-15 Life with Dignity

Death with Dignity and Persons with Disabilities

Shoji Nakanishi (Board Member, DPI-Japan) Current Circumstances There have been some actions taken to legalize “death with dignity”, which is based on the individual’s own decision to refuse life prolonging treatment. A non-partisan parliamentary alliance would submit a Bill to Respect Individual Will Concerning Medical Care in the Terminal Phase (the Bill on Death with Dignity) to the Diet. In accordance with this bill, if a patient has refused life-prolonging treatments, the assigned doctor cannot be held responsible for that patient’s death. If passed and enacted, the bill would also widely affect rescue and life-saving activities. There appears to be strong support for this bill. The organization lobbying for this…

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2015-01-14 UNCRPD

Expectations of the Second Commission on Policy for Persons with Disabilities

Secretariat-General of DPI Japan Mr. Satoshi Sato The Commission on Policy for Persons with Disabilities, which had been adjourned since this April, resumed on September 1st, marking it as the 13th meeting. The immediate issue facing the Commission will be the development of the basic guidelines for the Act to Eliminate Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities. The new members and the schedule are as follows: Major Change of Members There was a significant change in members. Among the 30 original members from the first commission, only 14 members now remain. In terms of organizations, 12 out of the 13 organizations that make up the Japan Disability Forum (JDF) were initially…

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2014-09-16 Accessibility

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics a chance to push for a true barrier free society

Secretariat-General of DPI Japan Mr. Satoshi Sato The chance has come! The perfect opportunity to remedy the issues still surrounding the barrier free issue. This golden chance has come in the form of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Being a grand event watched by the world, a vast amount of funds will be injected and many sports arenas as well as transport infrastructure will be developed. We want to propose even better facility standards than before for these services, and work to make sure they are adopted. Last year, when I visited America, I realized Japan’s barrier free law had fallen behind the times. The Yankee Stadium had several hundred…

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2014-08-08 International Cooperation

Relief Activity for the People with Disabilities affected by Typhoon Yolanda – Provision of the Assistive Devices in Tacloban City-

Based on the needs study, which was conducted in February in Tacloban City, Leyte, Mr. Abner Manlapaz, President of Manila Independent Living Center, had made the necessary assistive devices at the local wheelchair factory, and provide them to the affected persons with disabilities on June 28th. This support project is being conducted by DPI Japan in collaboration with the Yumekaze fund. Until the day the provision was made available, Mr. Abner had cooperated with the local organizations to make the activities sustainable in the area. As a result, the white canes were provided by the organization of persons with disabilities in the Philippine, Akapinoi foundation. The coordination with the recipients…

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2014-07-22 AdvocacyIndependent Living

3,200 protesters from all over Japan gathered in Tokyo, in order to protest against a new governments’ gloss over policy regarding long-stay psychiatric patients.

On sunny afternoon of 26th June 2014 in Tokyo, Japan, 3,200 people gathered to Hibiya Park*. The protest, named “Better in communities, not Hospitals: Stop renovating psychiatric wards into residence”, shortly “6.26 Urgent Meeting”, was decided to be held just three weeks before the date by a collation of service users, carers, mental health professionals and disability organisations. This was the biggest kind of protests regarding mental health issues in Japanese history and it raised as much as 5,005 Pounds donation. The participants showed their anger against Japanese government’s intention to introduce a new plan regarding psychiatric hospital wards, the plan which has been emerged in a series of committees…

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