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Nearly 70% of ill, disabled people have difficulties working: report


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36.9 percent pointed to a lack of flexible working hours and leave.

This is typical Japan and not necessarily the companies fault. I believe the workinghours are set legally by the ministry of labor etc and the company has to abide by them but not entirely sure if that is true.

A total of 30.3 percent referred to difficulties in gaining understanding or support from their bosses or coworkers for their conditions.

Not only there. Sadly, people with disabilities face a tough time in public (e.g. on the train) as well.

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well most countries don't care much about disable people which is really sad

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With the Japanese work force gradually shrinking, the government should at least make it more appealing for ill and disabled folks to work or else risk losing more of its work force. How about a little compassion?

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I spent a week on crutches a couple of years ago and it was almost impossible for me to get to work in Tokyo during the peak hours. I got knocked over four times by butt-holes running to catch trains, none of who stopped and had to hop from one of the station to the other to get the elevator. I nearly got shoved onto the tracks twice. These knob-head law makers in Kasumigaseki need to spend a week in a wheel chair traversing the Tokyo underground during peak hour to give them an idea just how seriously lacking Tokyo is for handicapped access.

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Being a disabled person in an able-bodied world will always be tough, but we have all come a long way. There is still a long way to go, but credit where it's due, I have seen tremendous change in attitude and in the environment to make life safer and more comfortable for the disabled

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I'm not surprised and I would say keep trying. The issue definitely comes down to the attitudes of bosses and workers. The young person I know with an intellectual disability is enjoying her job very much but it is only because of the way her co-workers treat her. Everyone needs to be treated as you would like to be treated yourself.

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The ministry said it will strengthen support measures for companies that help people with illnesses and disabilities to continue working.

Really? ? Only 1000 responses, out of just how many survey's and just how was it conducted? You mail a survey in the snail-mail, and expect people to actually care enough to read it, fill it out, AND return it? Many of the disabled wouldnt even know they got it!

This is one case where the government should have had their worker bees out on the streets, as they know damn well every single disabled person in the country, as they have the disabled persons "techou" .

I call into question the results of this survey, as there are a hell of a lot more disabled and those will illnesses that would love to work, but there are few businesses willing to hire them.

There is a small workshop for disabled and handicapped people near my home, they gather everyday and their job is putting together plastic clothes-pins with a thin brass ring, They are quite durable, even in this Okinawa heat, a pack of 5 cost me about 200 yen. I dont need ALL that many clothes-pins, but these folks work hard to put out a good product, yet there is only so much my neighbors and I can do.

I'll bet NO ONE from the government sent them the survey! Because the government really doesnt want to know the facts!

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My wife is licensed as a caregiver for both the elderly and for the handicapped. She had to work where the patients are both handicapped and elderly at what amounts to minimum pay with almost very little community support. She has much to say and contribute. The problem is not the government lawmakers themselves or the well intended laws. The problem are thoise in the bureucratic establishment that "create" the policies and "procedures" primarily to protect their "liable rear-ends" or their"positions" and "powers" and the corporations which influence them.

The laws are passed but it takes many years for it to be implemented properly and efficient and most important "effectively" and "meaningfully". The other problem is that not all trades, professions, and businesses have positions that could, should and would be replaceable by any handicapped. The major step is the "preparation" where changes must be made to "accomodate" certain, specific and needed positions. In many cases it is cost prohibitive. They must also make sure the handicapped worker's production is properly coordinated and cooperative for the entire operation's productivity.

Then there is the final problem of the willingness and the capability and ability of the hired handicapped.

And all of that must "conform" to, with, for and by the authorities to monitor, evaluate, force changes, etc., all to assure proper reporting and compliance with the policies and procudures that may make sense to those who wrote them enforce them, but often irrelevant and impractical at the worksite.

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