Japan Country Report to World Blind Union Asia Pacific, General Assembly, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

1. Population Profile Data of the Blind Community In Japan, in order to receive welfare benefits pertaining to a disability, physical disability certificates are issued from the government. According to the 2016 report on the number of people having physical disability certificates, there are 312,000 visually impaired people ages 18 and above living at home. … Read more

Blind Comedian Breaks Down Barriers

OSAKA — “If you can’t make up your mind whether to laugh, please just laugh!” Yutaro Hamada, a 27-year-old comedian who is blind, said this as he talked nonstop to the audience on a small stage while holding a white cane at an event held at a multi-tenant building in Kita Ward, Osaka. The event … Read more

Japan Country Report 2014

Country Report–Japan     Describe one or two recent highlights (over the past 2 years)   After years of efforts on disability legislations prior to the ratification of CRPD (amendments to the Basic Act for Persons with Disabilities, enactment of the Law for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities and the Act to Advance the … Read more

Japan Country Report to the WBUAP Quadrennial Assembly 2012

1. Country: Japan 2. Organization: Japan Federation of the Blind (JFB) 3. Members, branches: ca. 50,000 members, 61 affiliated organizations 4. Board members: 19 5. Blind or visually impaired board members: 18 Highlights Since the Mid-Term Assembly The devastating earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 affected many blind and partially sighted persons who experienced … Read more