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Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How well does Japan look after the needs of its disabled population?


By JULIAN PETERS

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Tim Marchand
Writer, 33 (English)
There are more raised paths for blind people here than in London, but you don't see as many disabled people around town, which may indicate a deficit in other areas.

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Akane Yoshida
Japanese teacher, 36
I always see people taking care of the disabled because there's a center in my town. They look like best friends. I think our society cares about them a lot.

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Joseph Cali
Designer (American)
As with many trends, Japan has come to it very late but is now making great efforts to "catch up." Also, universal design is big business so firms are rushing to get on board.

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Yuka Watanabe, 30
Art gallery employee
I saw a TV program on China's hosting of the Paralympics, and I noticed that there are more facilities in Japan for the disabled. We still need to do more, of course.

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Toshiyuki Tamagawa
Teacher, 45
There are a lot of parking spaces for disabled people here, but many people park in the spaces even if they are not disabled and even though they know it's not right.

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Peter McGill
Teacher, 30 (Irish)
Those with the most valid opinion are people with disabilities. It's their opinion that counts. However, what I do know is that carers here are vastly underpaid.



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