After talking with the customer service of the musical play service provider yesterday, I spoke with a friend who is familiar with law and found the service provider is not compliant with the Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities. After I messaged to the theater about this, I got a reply from them.
The other day, my friend recommended me to watch, a musical “Singin’ in the Rain” in Tokyo. After I purchased a ticket, on the purchase screen, I was told that I need to contact the information center after booking for wheelchair accessibility information. When I contacted them, I was asked…
Sharing information about Rooted in Rights, which needs your help to get their activity going.
I am pleased to announce that I am going to give a talk at the “Inclusive Working Environment Forum for people with and without disabilities” in the building for the House of Representatives in Tokyo.
Sharing my latest news: new job, giving a talk, writing an article for a Japanese disability organization.
I have great news today. Jeff and I will be on “Houdoukyoku（ホウドウキョク）”, an internet live program of Fuji Television, tonight!! We will be talking about “Co-Co Life”, a free magazine for women with disabilities, and our relationship and marriage episodes. Don’t miss it!
This week has been very special for me. On September 27th, I was invited to a reception of disability community with Senator Thomas Harkin at the U.S. Ambassador Residence in Tokyo. Senator Thomas Harkin is one of the important people that push ADA (The Americans with Disabilities Act) to be signed into law and has put strong effort to eliminate discriminations against people with disabilities over 30 years.
This Monday, September 26 was the 2 months anniversary after Sagamihara Stabbings. I attended the memorial service in House of Councillors’ hall in Tokyo, and joined the march afterwards. For the memorial service, about 300 people came from all over Japan. Some are members of House of Councillors.
It has been 1 month since Sagamihara stabbings. This news shook not only Japan but also the world. After thinking “What I can do as a Japanese with disability?” , I decided to collaborate with Rooted in Rights (*) to create a clip about disability rights of continue living. Living is a basic human right. Everyone gets the right to continue living. People with disability do as well. Please check the clip out from here. You are welcome to share the clip to spread the word and defend human rights.
I have been in New York City (NYC) since last week. The main purpose of visiting NYC is to attend the 9th session of the Conference of State Parties to Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The convention is international level rules that protect rights of people with disabilities. The text was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006, and Japan signed in 2007 to agree with the convention and confirmed officially in 2014 after improved domestic policies for people with disabilities. This year in April, the Act for Eliminate Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities came into force in Japan. This is one of the improvements that Japanese government has implemented to comply with CRPD. Through 3 days conference, I have gained lots of information and things to think…and new networks!