June 1, 2016
Akashi-shi, Hyogo Prefecture near Osaka in western Japan has begun a subsidy system on June 1, the first in the whole country, following the Law for the Elimination of Discrimination of Persons with Disabilities effective on April 1.
While the Law defines reasonable accommodations for a private enterprise as an effort obligation, Akashi-shi is making a reasonable accommodation as obligation by its regulation.
The city supports private enterprises, town councils, organizations and others to reduce a cost burden. It appropriated 3,500,000 yen for the budget in fiscal year 2016.