People With Disabilities

An overview of the facilities, organisations and support available for people with mobility, sight or hearing impairments or other disabilities in Japan...

The Fundamental Law for Persons with Disabilities was enacted in 1970 and amended in 2004. The basic measures of this law cover medical and care services, pensions, education, employment, housing, accessible public facilities and accessible communication. The law also prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.

The Department of Health and Welfare for Persons with Disabilities falls under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. This department promotes measures related to physical and mental disabilities.

Organisations, Associations and Support

  • Japanese Red Cross: Volunteer group offering advice for visitors to Japan, a meet and greet service at the airport and sightseeing services. Its website also contains useful information for disabled people in Tokyo
    : 1-1-3 Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8521
    email / email
  • Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International: Organisation promoting the rights and integration of people with disabilities
    At: Musashino Building 5F, 3-11-8 Kanda-Nishikicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0054
    Tel: 03 5282 3730
    Fax: 03 5282 0017
  • The Japanese Association on Disability and Difficulty: Organisation whose aim is to protect the rights of people with disabilities, and to improve the lives of the disabled by creating policies and conducting research
    At: Nishiwaseda Sekiguchi Building 4F, 2-15-10 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0051
    Tel: 03 5285 2601
    Fax: 03 5285 2603
  • Japanese Federation of the Deaf: National organisation representing deaf people and those with a hearing impairment in Japan
    At: SK Building 8F, 130 Yamabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0801
    Tel: 03 3268 8847
    Fax: 03 3267 3445
  • Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities: Promotes awareness and activities for the rehabilitation of people with disabilities
    At: 1-22-1 Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0052
    Tel: 03 5273 0601
    Fax: 03 5273 1523
  • Inclusion Japan: A non-profit organisation that promotes equal rights for people with intellectual disabilities and their families
    At: Kowa Shiba Koen Building 2F, 1-1-11 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0011
    Tel: 03 3431 0668
    Fax: 03 3578 6935
  • The Japan Deafblind Association: A social welfare association aiming to deliver information, training and support to deafblind people and their families. Also provides workshops and training for deafblind interpreters/guides
    At: Waseda Clover Building 3F, 67 Wasedamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0042
    Tel: 03 5287 1140
    Fax: 03 5287 1141
  • Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers: Assistance in finding employment and information about employment opportunities for job seekers with a disability
    At: Advanced Polytechnic Centre, 3-1-2 Wakaba, Mihama-ku, Chiba City, Chiba prefecture 261-8558
    Tel: 043 213 7004
    Fax: 043 213 7198
  • Japan Society of Vocational Rehabilitation: Promotes competitive employment for people with disabilities
    At: 3-13-2 Toyotama Kita, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-0012
    Fax: 03 3991 9634
  • Disabilities Information Resources: Website with information to support the study of health and welfare topics for people with disabilities
  • Tesco Premium Search Co, Ltd: Employment agency that assists disabled people to gain employment. The agency also has a website with travel information for wheelchair users
    : Bancho HY Building 6F, 11-5 Nibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0084