- The Headquarters on "Action Policy for the Movement to Revise Discriminatory Laws,"collects a total of over 2millions signatures and about 70 million yen as donation. Both the number of signatures collected and the funds raise far exceeded the expected target.
- In March JFD submits signatures collected during campaign to Speaker of House of Representatives, President of House of Councilors, Assistant Manager of Headquarters for Promoting Welfare of Disabled Persons, Prime Minister's Office (position held additionally by Minister of Health and Welfare).
- 49th JFD national conference held in Niigata Prefecture.
- Disqualification clauses are articles of laws which stipulate that Deaf persons are not qualified to obtain licenses for certain occupations, etc. Some even prohibit the Deaf from taking the qualifying examinations. In June, most of those disqualification clauses eliminated as a result of a nationwide movement led by the "Headquarters for Revision of Laws Discriminating Persons with Hearing Impairment," established in partnership with different organizations related to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, in 1998.
- 50th JFD national conference held in Okinawa Prefecture.
- On October 17 the 14th WFD RSA/P Representatives Meeting held. Following the 6th World Assembly of DPI, the Osaka Forum held on October 21-23. The Osaka Forum is one of the main events to mark the end year of the "Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993~2002." The High-level Intergovernmental Meeting to Conclude the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons, 1993-2002, held on October 25-28 in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture.
- By law, hearing dogs, as well as guide dogs and service dogs, allowed to accompany persons with disabilities in facilities.
- The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare's decision to restrict the provision of financial aid for home help services for persons with disabilities from FY 2003 (starting April 1, 2003), meet with strong opposition from organizations of persons with disabilities. Over 1000 people gathered in front of the building of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare for a large-scale protest demonstration which continued until late at night on January, 16. On January 27, the Ministry finally concedes to alter the plan so as to maintain the level of services which had been provided until now, by introducing an "adjustment subsidy" system as an interim measure.
- 51st JFD national conference held in Yamanashi Prefecture.
- Deaf teachers hired for the first time by 6 prefectures: Iwate, Nagano, Yamanashi, Gifu, Miyazaki, and Nagasaki. Aichi Prefecture also hires a Deaf teacher for the first time in 70 years. On the island of Kyushu, Deaf teachers specializing in Physical Education and English respectively hired.
- 52nd JFD national conference held in Iwate Prefecture.
- Most of the disqualification clauses eliminated as a result of a nationwide movement led by the "Headquarters for Revision of Laws Discriminating Persons with Hearing Impairment," in partnership with different organizations related to persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, in 1998.
- On March 25th, the disbandment ceremony of the Headquarters is held in Tokyo. However, questions remain as to whether all discrimination against persons who are deaf or hard of hearing have actually been abolished.
- 53rd JFD national conference held in Sapporo City, Hokkaido.
- First Japan-Taiwan Friendship Baseball Game held in Taiwan.
- Tsukuba College of Technology upgraded to university, "Tsukuba University of Technology" offering a four-year vocational programs to students with sight impaired and deaf students respectively.
- Hearing universities attempt to solve problems that deaf students faced by offering real time caption system and note-taking service.