Initial reports on the Kyoto Animation fire tagged the alleged arsonist as dealing with mental illness, but his criminal past should have been emphasized more.
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What appears to be lacking are detailed surveys and studies, asking questions of the elderly and disabled people whose quality of life Japan's new legion of robots are supposed to improve.
A guided tour of Shibuya Ward with wheelchair users brings home how much still needs to be done to accommodate tourists with disabilities.
Too much attention is being paid to accessibility while issues surrounding attitudes toward disabled people in Japan are being overlooked.
It was heartening to see newspapers focusing on the difficulties disabled people face when disaster strikes, but far less heartening to hear what they had to say about the facts on the ground in Kumamoto.
Hirotada Otatake's "inappropriate relationships" are indefensible. But even more disappointing was the way the media presented Ototake and the story.
What commentators who write about Japan in English are doing is not necessarily criticism and could instead be a genuine attempt to understand.
A recent article in the media in Japan about the attitudes and behavior of able-bodied passengers toward reserved seating on trains reminded me of one of the few negative experiences I have endured as a disabled foreigner in Japan, and it pertains to the ...
For myself, a British citizen who has cerebral palsy living in Japan, it is the liberatory power of being a foreigner here that leaves the deepest impression on me.