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Severely disabled lawmakers in Japan fight ‘invisibility’

first_imgJapanese lawmaker Yasuhiko Funago has a neurological disease that means he cannot speak and communicates by blinking to his carer or operating a computer system with his mouth.But he is demanding to be heard as he fights to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Japan, where many in the community complain of feeling “invisible”.”I was a corporate soldier before I had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and had hardly any opportunities to have contact with people with disabilities,” Funago told a committee in November. “I had no idea how people with disabilities or illness were living,” he said in the remarks read by his parliamentary aide. Such “ignorance” leads to “prejudice and discrimination”, the 62-year-old warned.Fellow lawmaker Eiko Kimura, 54, is paralyzed from the neck down except for one hand, after suffering a childhood injury.After being elected last year to the upper house of parliament, she is pushing for more integration of people with disabilities, driven by the memory of a childhood in a carehome — where she sometimes felt she belonged to a different world than able-bodied people.  ‘Invisible’ “My image of people with no disabilities was that they are the people who are on television,” she told AFP in an interview. A society that does not help disabled people ends up effectively hiding them, she believes.”Going to school or working is very important if you want to join society,” said Kimura.”Being deprived of it is why we are invisible in society.”Both lawmakers — who ran on the ticket of the small Reiwa Shinsengumi opposition party — rely on carers for support. Their election has highlighted a legal loophole that makes it hard for disabled people to work in Japan: the state pays for carers only if the disabled person is not employed or in school.That can mean disabled people simply cannot afford to work because the cost of private help would exceed their salaries.The upper house is paying for Kimura and Funago’s assistants, but the new lawmakers want the rules changed to help the 11,500 other seriously disabled people who rely on public care.Japan’s parliament has been updated since 1977, when the country’s first wheelchair-using lawmaker, Eita Yashiro, had to be carried up the stairs to take his seat.But Kimura and Funago’s election revealed the limits of those renovations.Both lawmakers use special reclined chairs that require adjustments in the chamber.Their reliance on helpers to communicate has also required a change in the rules, allowing their carers to help them by pushing voting buttons or reading statements.InclusionThe pair have faced some criticism, with a tweet declaring their presence in parliament “a nuisance” that would impede speedy deliberations drawing 49,000 likes and 23,000 retweets.But they entered parliament at a time when Japan is working to better accommodate people with disabilities ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games.Japan’s government says there are 9.63 million people with physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in the country, accounting for more than seven percent of the total population.Progress has been made, with accessibility improving in Tokyo and legislation setting quotas for hiring people with disabilities in government.But rights activists say more must be done: the government was earlier forced to apologize for padding its disability hiring data, after regularly failing to meet its own quotas.Funago wants Japan to ensure people better understand how those with disabilities live, arguing for “inclusive education” where children learn together, regardless of disabilities. And the new lawmakers have garnered plenty of support despite the critics, particularly from within a community that often feels marginalized.”It’s important that we, those with disabilities, go out and raise our voices,” said Shinya Ando, 45, who was paralyzed from the chest down after a motorbike accident in his teens.Ando runs Personal Assistant Machida, a firm which dispatches some 250 helpers to disabled people.It also employs 15 people with disabilities, including some in managerial roles, by providing them with helpers while at work.He wants to see inclusion rather than just acceptance of people with disabilities, and said the election of Funago and Kimura was a surprise, but a positive one.”It was like leaping two steps forward at once,” he said. “I thought ‘now society will change’.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Boards brace for losses in  the time of coronavirus

first_img..a curtailed or cancelled IPL would mean a significant losses for the Board of Control for Cricket in IndiaBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI (Reuters) – When the mighty Indian cricket board decided this week that only the chief among its national selectors would travel business class, it merely confirmed straitened times for the game amid the coronavirus outbreak.The uncharacteristic austerity by the world’s richest cricket board follows its decision earlier this month to halve the winner’s purse at this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), a cash cow with a brand value of $6.8 billion.The franchise-based Twenty20 league was scheduled to begin on March 29 but has now been postponed until April 15.To many, a condensed tournament, possibly without foreign players, later this year looks like a more realistic prospect.A curtailed or cancelled tournament would mean significant losses for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which gets around 40 billion rupees (453.6 million pounds) annually from broadcaster STAR India and its central pool of sponsors. “The loss at this stage is notional. The biggest loser in any economic dynamics is always its biggest gainer, which is BCCI in this case,” SportzPower co-founder Thomas Abraham, whose company monitors sports business in India, told Reuters.“For STAR India, it’s also a loss of opportunity. It was building the India launch of its Disney+ OTT (streaming service) around the IPL.”A truncated tournament would necessitate renegotiation with Disney-owned STAR India, which was not available to share how it plans to dovetail the launch of its new platform with the IPL. Chinese smartphone maker Vivo, which bagged the 2018-22 title rights for 219 million rupees, is unlikely to suffer a big loss.“They would have been preparing for new launches around IPL. They can still do it,” Abraham said.Vivo did not elaborate if the truncation had disrupted their plans to leverage their tournament rights.“In light of the global health risk … we at Vivo completely support BCCI’s decision to postpone the series,” Nipun Marya, Director of Vivo India’s Brand Strategy, said in a statement to Reuters. “We shall continuously evaluate the situation as it progresses.”MONITORING SITUATIONThe BCCI and IPL franchises also pay 20% of a player’s annual fee to his home board, which stands to lose that money if it does not allow the cricketer into the IPL due to fears about the coronavirus for example.A shorter tournament will mean a smaller share from the shrunken central pool of revenues for the eight IPL franchises, not to mention a reduction in gate receipts. Further afield, the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup narrowly escaped the health crisis but the outbreak has cast a shadow over the men’s event in Australia, which begins on Oct. 18.The International Cricket Council (ICC), which runs the tournament, said it was monitoring the situation.“We are planning for the event to go ahead as scheduled,” it said on the tournament website.Cricket Australia stands to lose some A$300 million (150.4 million pounds) should the coronavirus outbreak derail their high-profile home test series against India later this year. “We’re in uncertain times, and it’s difficult to project precisely what will transpire over the next number of months,” CA chief executive Kevin Roberts said this week.“But we will be working through with advice from experts, externally as to what are the various scenarios that are plausible, how likely are they, and how would we plan to deal with each of them.”IN THE BALANCEIn England, the fate of the inaugural ‘The Hundred’ championship hangs in the balance after the epicentre of the pandemic moved from Asia to Europe, shutting down most sport on the continent.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have invested heavily in promoting the competition in the 100-ball format, which is scheduled to begin on July 17.“It is clear that every industry, including cricket, will be impacted by this unprecedented situation,” Tom Moffat, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA), told Reuters. “It’s more important than ever for the cricket industry to work together collaboratively at this time.”Individually, top players from outside India risk losing IPL contracts worth millions of dollars if they are unable to travel or their boards deny them permission to play.As far as FICA is concerned, Moffat said, the wellbeing of the players while the world deals with an international health crisis is far more important than cash.“Governing bodies, employers, and leagues owe a duty of care to provide players with a safe workplace,” he added. “And enforcing that players travel to, or work in conditions that are unsafe, would not meet that standard.”last_img read more

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‘It’s just business’

first_img-Jamaica Tallawahs weigh in on Chris Gayle issue (Sportsmax) – The Jamaica Tallawahs have claimed that the decision to not retain Chris Gayle for the 2020 CPL season was strictly business.The Jamaica-based Hero CPL franchise on Wednesday refuted claims made by Chris Gayle on Monday, that politics and Ramnaresh Sarwan were behind their decision to let Gayle leave for the St Lucia Zouks for the coming season.Gayle, in a series of videos posted on Youtube on Monday, suggested that Sarwan, his former West Indies teammate, turned management against him.He said when he refused to back Sarwan’s bid to become team manager, Sarwan sought payback. Gayle called Sarwan a snake and said he was worse than the Coronavirus.Gayle also said he believes that accepting an invitation from Guyana’s Minister of State Joe Harmon in 2018, also played a part in the decision to let him go.However, in a statement released early Wednesday, the Tallawahs said Gayle’s comments were far off base and that they are only focussed on rebuilding a team that disappointed during the 2019 season.“The ownership and management of the Jamaica Tallawahs was disappointed to see the comments made by Mr Christopher Gayle about his departure from the Tallawahs, as we would much rather have had these discussions in private,” the statement said, explaining that Sarwan did not play a role in any decision affecting the self-styled ‘Universe Boss’.“Mr Gayle gave several reasons for the decision that was made not to retain him in the Tallawahs. However, the truth is that this decision was made collectively by the ownership and management team, which did not include Mr Ramnaresh Sarwan, and based purely on business and cricketing reasoning.”The Tallawahs also dismissed Gayle’s claim about him being targeted because of perceived political connections.“Further, the ownership and management of the Tallawahs have no political affiliation with any political organization in any country of the Caribbean,” the statement said.“The Tallawahs had a very disappointing season in CPL 2019, where the team finished last in the tournament. The ownership and management team has exercised its rights in the selection of players for CPL 2020 for the betterment of the team.“The ownership and management of the Tallawahs will not be making any further comment on this matter as we are focusing on building the team for the future.”last_img read more

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