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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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2019-07-18 Accessibility

Updated information on “Yokohama hotels demanding payment for accessibility to UK Paralympic team”

- The media reported in April that hotels in Yokohama demanded British Paralympic team payment for making barrier-free rooms as well as converting the rooms back afterwards ( Ingle, The Guardian,24th April 2019) Receiving a lot of request to respond to the discriminatory case, DPI Japan got the answer to our inquiry from the Cabinet Secretariat on 11th July. They said that the issue was cleared as bellow: - Initially, the British Paralympic Association (BPA) asked a hotel to make 10 rooms accessible for the team of wheelchair users to stay together. - However, the hotel were concerned if they could financially maintain the rooms after the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and... Read more
2019-07-04 Accessibility

Yokohama hotels demanded payment for accessibility to UK Paralympic teams

- It was reported that hotels in Yokohama demanded British Paralympic teams payment for making rooms accessible as well as converting the rooms back afterwards. The following media covered the story. ▼Sean Ingle, The Guardian(24th, April 2019)” Paralympics GB stunned after Yokohama hotels demand payment for accessibility ▼KYODO, The Japan Times(10th June 2019)”Wheelchair-accessible hotel rooms still an issue ahead of Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and Olympics” DPI Japan communicated with with the Cabinet Secretariat and Yokohama City officials in order to contact the hotels for complaint and further dialogue. On inquiry the case appears actually fact, but still the names of the hotels have not been identified. Other Japanese media is also... Read more
2018-09-06 Employment and LabourStatement

Statement to Padding of Disabled Employee Figures, JAPAN

- Tokyo, August 24, 2018 Midori Hirano Chairperson, DPI-JAPAN We, DPI-JAPAN (Japan National Assembly of Disabled Persons’ International) , consists of 98 disabled people’s organizations across Japan, regardless of the type and extent of disability. We have made efforts to promote realization of an inclusive society where everyone can live equally. Especially improvement of working environment and conditions which enables persons with disabilities to work equally with the others has been one of our priority issues. Upholding the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it has been stressed to ensuring the efficacy of the Guidelines of Eliminating Discrimination and Reasonable Accommodation formulated under the amended Act on Promoting Employment... Read more
2018-06-04 AdvocacyStatement

DPI Japan’s resolution to request on state’s apology and compensation for victims of eugenic surgery

- 1st June 2018 State of Japan, by enacting the Eugenic Protection Law (1948-1996), had legalized both eugenic surgery (sterilization) and abortion by reason of disability with the purpose of “prevent(ing) birth of inferior descendants” “from the standpoint of eugenic protection” and “protect(ing) the life and health of the mother”. Under the law more than 25,000 people were sterilized. At least 16,500 people were forcibly sterilized and 70% of them were women. DPI Japan has sent joint reports on eugenic surgery with other organizations to the United Nations human right committees: in 1998 and 2014 to the Human Rights Committee and in 2016 to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination... Read more
2018-06-04 Accessibility

Request for Nagoya City Mayor’s reconsideration on the renovation plan of Nagoya Castle without elevators

- Dear Friends, This is a resolution approved by all of the participants of the DPI Japan’s 34th Annual Assembly (in Kanagawa) on 1st June 2018. Please join us in sending protest messages to the Nagoya Mayor (a3054@shicho.city.nagoya.lg.jp). The following is the model mail. Thank you for your cooperation in advance. --- Mr. Takashi Kawamura Nagoya City Mayor We persons with disabilities greatly appreciate your effort with respect to promote inclusive society in the world famous global city, Nagoya. Nagoya is a very popular city attracting millions of tourists every year. in the world. We are informed that the plan to restore iconic Nagoya Castle with no elevator was endorsed. It... Read more

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