A Voice of Our Own


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Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI-Japan) was funded 1986 as a national organization of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI). As of March 2016, 93 organizations of various types of disabilities including physical, intellectual, psychiatric or intractable diseases, are allied with us. We gather grass-roots voices, reflect the voices to national policies, and then back them to the locals. This is our fundamental activity.

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2017-07-31 Statement

Statement of Not Dead Yet USA on the 1st Anniversary of the Sagamihara Murders

- One year ago, 19 disabled people were brutally stabbed to death by a young man who justified his murderous attack by saying disabled people "live like animals, not humans" and that "it's better that disabled disappear." As we mourn, it would be wrong to dismiss this young murderer as uniquely "disturbed" or even “a monster." Rather, his actions were simply the most extreme expression of the dehumanization, hatred and revulsion of disabled people still embedded in countless countries and cultures across the world. Disabled people are still often forced into crowded and unsanitary living conditions, barred from participation in society, and even killed. The killing of disabled people most often... Read more
2016-07-27 Statement

Statement to Protest Knife Killing of People with Disabilities in Sagamihara, JAPAN

- Tokyo, July 27, 2016 Statement to Protest Knife Killing of People with Disabilities in Sagamihara, JAPAN Midori Hirano Chairperson, DPI-JAPAN We, DPI-JAPAN, work with cross disability populations to advocate for society where people with and without disabilities can live equally. DPI-JAPAN is the organization of people with disabilities and has 91 affiliates across Japan. The tragedy of knife killing occurred on July 26, 2016 at institution for persons with disabilities in Sagamihara city. We express our deepest condolence to the victims who lost their lives and sympathy to those who were injured. Many details were still unclear till further investigation. However, some media reported that the suspect entered the institution... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more

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