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Japan: 10,000 disabled people demonstrate for new laws and better support

Posted 03/11-10 at 17.58

A massive rally of 10,000 disabled people in Tokyo on October 29th, called for the new legislation to support disabled people. They have specifically demanded that the 2005 Services and Support for Persons with Disabilities Act be replaced.

Japanese demonstrators take to the streeta

One of those at the event said, "We want every disabled person to be assured of the right to live in their local community without discrimination."

Japanese demonstrators with banners


Editorial comment: In 2009, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) found that the Services and Support for Persons with Disabilities Act had created significant barriers for disabled people to equality in the labour market. For example, each year less than two per cent transfer from welfare work to open employment. In addition, disabled workers under sheltered employment are low paid, those performing work in certain facilities are not covered by labour legislation and are also required to pay service fees as "users of welfare service".

Japan signed the CRPD in 2007, but has not ratified it.

For more details on the Services and Support for Persons with Disabilities Act see:






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