Japanese Still Have Access Barriers To Eliminate
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 19, 2003
TOKYO, JAPAN--A government report released Tuesday revealed that people with disabilities in Japan still face barriers to employment, education, and transportation, in spite of a 10-year-old law.
The annual white paper, which was presented to the Cabinet Office, reviewed government policies through fiscal year 2002, according to the Japan Times. The report showed, among other things, that employment rates for workers with disabilities remained well below the levels required by law.
The government decided last December on a new 10-year plan to address barriers to buildings, transportation, education, technology, and voting.
Included in the plan is a target of making all new public housing barrier-free within the next 5 years.
"Obstacles to disabled remain: white paper" (The Japan Times Online)