In Tokyo, the discussion went on:
In the aftermath of the 9th session of the Conference of the States Parties (CoSP) to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which recently took place in New York, we continued the dialogue on how to best advance implementation of the UN CRPD in Japan.
On June 30th, more than 40 representatives of Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), international organisations (UNDP), diplomatic corps, foundations (Nippon Foundation, Japan Foundation), development agencies (JICA), academia and the civil society (JSRPD, World Blind Union, GAATES, APAC, WNUSP, DPI Japan, Inclusion International, Techbility, NexTidEvolution..) followed the invitation of Austrian Embassy in Japan and the Zero Project for an evening of exchange and networking.
It was a great chance to meet Dr. Jun Ishikawa who was recently elected as the first Japanese member of the UN CRPD Committee, and to get insights about the research of Zero Project and how the project could be of value for Japan in future. Furthermore, Shinji Sudo from the People Design Institute, presented his projects on how design can break down barriers and started a fruitful discussion about super welfare.
Among the participants were also two Innovative Policies nominators:
- Prof. Osamu Nagase, who nominated the revision of Japan’s Election Law in 2013 which repealed the discriminatory article that deprived people under adult guardianship of their right to vote and to stand for elections, and led to the enfranchisement of more than 136,000 persons.
- Prof. Satoshi Kose, who nominated the Housing Mortgage Scheme for the Ageing Future that incentivises individuals and housing providers to build private dwellings that respect requirements on accessibility and usability by offering them lower interest rates. As a result housing mortgage usage related to desing for ageing increased to over 60%.
Information was also published in an article of the GAATES newsletter