Discrimination felt by 70% of disabled: report

Kyodo News

Nearly seven out of every 10 people with disabilities said they have faced discrimination or biased treatment, an annual government report showed Friday.

The fiscal 2010 white paper on measures for disabled people, released by the Cabinet Office, says 68.0 percent of those surveyed said they have experienced discrimination or biased treatment because of their disabilities.

The office surveyed 2,178 people with disabilities between December 2009 and January 2010.

The report also says 11.4 percent of the respondents always feel they are discriminated against and 50.9 percent feel discrimination occurs sometimes.

The findings indicate many disabled people continue to be discriminated against at a time when Japan is considering ratifying the 2006 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, officials said.

The international treaty, which was adopted at the U.N. General Assembly in December 2006, is intended to protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities.

In a separate poll of the general public through the Internet between April and May in 2009, which had 1,050 respondents, 91.5 percent responded that people with disabilities are discriminated against or experience biased treatment to some extent.

Of the respondents, 25.3 percent replied that they know about the international convention, while 74.7 percent had no knowledge of it.