Newly renamed "comprehensive support law for persons with disabilities" enforced in April

April 1, 2013

On April 1, 2013, the "Comprehensive Support Law for Persons with Disabilities" was enforced. In the law renamed from the "Law to Encourage Self-Reliance Among the Handicapped," an incurable disease, etc. were added to the definition of the persons with disabilities.

The new law has a clause that requires discussion on "the state of the support for the person who have trouble in communication such like a Deaf/deaf person, those with speech impairment, etc., including the dispatch of sign-language interpreters, etc.

Three political parties, the Liberal Democratic Party, Komei Party, and Democratic Party, held the first meeting of the working-level talks towards legislation of the ban on discrimination to a person with disability in the Diet on April 2.

"Prohibition of discrimination" defined by Disabled Persons' Fundamental Law is further materialized towards the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the United Nations.

If the parties reach the agreement, they will plan to submit to the current Diet session as a government-sponsored bill. The Liberal Democratic Party and Komei Party both showed three following proposals as a springboard for discussion:

1. A local government and a company make consideration of a person with disability by compulsory law.
2. Only a local government makes compulsory and limit a private sector to efforts duty.
3. Efforts duty for consideration by both local government and a company.

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