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Michael Peckitt

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How ‘Power Harassment’ and ‘Karoshi’ Continue to Cause Serious Problems for Japanese Workers

“Power harassment”, which includes verbal intimidation, emotional abuse, and forcing employees to work overtime with no pay, and “karoshi“ (or “death from over-work”), are becoming real perils in Japan.

What Japan's 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Mascots Say About Attitudes Toward Disability

On a careful reading of its character description you will notice that unlike its Olympic counterpart, the Paralympic mascot is not explicitly described as “athletic”.

Does a New Japanese Robotic Wheelchair Offer “Answers to Problems Disabled People Don't Have”?

"Instead of developing new technologies that might prove unsuitable, why not at the very least also train more professional carers?"

Achieving Barrier-Free Access Proves a Hurdle in Japan's 2020 Paralympics Preparations

With only three years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, the Japanese government will have to work quickly to make the games truly barrier-free.

In Japan, Paraplegic Man Resorts to Crawling Up Stairs After Being Refused Help Boarding Plane

"Why is Japan's implementation of "barrier free" so excessively luxurious?"

How ‘Aspie’ Is Misunderstood, Mistranslated and Misused In Japan

"Will (people living with Aspergers syndrome) be happy to hear the term asupe used as slang, I wonder?"

Japanese Media Reports of Sagamihara Care Home Stabbings Overlook the Disabled Victims

Media reports have also placed great emphasis on finding a deeper motive behind the stabbings, in spite of the perpetrator's assertion that "....It is better that disabled people disappear.”

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