Few Know Of Service Dog Law, Survey Says
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 2, 2003
TOKYO, JAPAN--Under a law that partially took effect one year ago, people with disabilities are allowed to bring their service dogs into hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and other public facilities across Japan.
The law also calls for the government to subsidize the training of service dogs and allow people with disabilities to keep service dogs in public housing.
Unfortunately, not many people know about the law, a Dentsu Inc. poll has revealed.
Nearly 70 percent of the 1,000 people who responded to the survey said they knew nothing about the law, the Japan Times reported. Twenty-five percent said they had heard of the law's title.
Ninety percent of those polled said they didn't mind having service dogs present in public and transportation facilities. Nearly a third, however, said they were opposed to having service dogs in restaurants because of the canines' hair and odor.