Dec 5, 2014

Advocate urges U.N. to tap disabled when prepping for disasters

Akiko Fukuda, secretary-general of the World Federation of the Deafblind, pressed the international community at the United Nations this week to include the perspectives of the disabled when devising disaster-preparedness plans. “Up to this point people with disabilities are the target of programs but ...

Animal rescuers unite blind cows despite red tape

Feb 16, 2014

Animal rescuers unite blind cows despite red tape

Two blind, aging cows were 650 km apart, distressed and facing a dark future. What happened next is a love story starring not cows but rescuers, who worked across international borders for nearly a month to bring the bovines together. It started when Sweety, ...

Inventors of self-help tools sought for disabled, infirm

Jan 30, 2014

Inventors of self-help tools sought for disabled, infirm

A welfare organization has begun compiling a database of “self-help equipment” designed to help elderly and disabled people make use of ordinary everyday items on their own, increasing their independence. Last December, the Association for Technical Aids, an incorporated public interest foundation based in ...

Nov 11, 2013

1,500 disabled Japanese abused in half-year period

A total of 1,505 disabled people were reported to have been abused by family members or care workers between October 2012 and March this year, according to the first nationwide survey by the health ministry on abuse of the disabled. The survey, released Monday, ...

Disabled find new roles in workplace

Jul 3, 2013

Disabled find new roles in workplace


At Sign with Me, a cafe on the second floor of a building in central Tokyo, orders are given and taken without a word being spoken. Customers and staff communicate in sign language, in writing or by running a finger over the menu. All ...

Feb 15, 2013

Firms may have to hire people with mental disorders

The labor ministry has unveiled draft legislation to require companies to employ people with mental disorders in addition to those with physical or intellectual disabilities. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, which presented the outline to a meeting Wednesday of a Liberal Democratic Party ...