Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has conducted 15 training courses related to disability issues, and a number of nongovernmental organizations in Japan have also implemented similar programs to introduce the current situation of persons with disabilities and services for them in Japan. Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities (JSRPD) has been entrusted by JICA since 1983 to conduct group training courses in “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Promotion of Persons with Disabilities” and “Leaders of Persons with Disabilities” every year.
JSRPD has been commissioned by JICA to organize the follow-up program for these two JICA training courses in 2004. The publication of this booklet is part of this program.
We are very pleased to be able to offer this booklet, which introduces welfare for persons with disabilities in Japan. This publication will be distributed to people taking part in these programs as well as former participants. It will also be made available to others interested in this field.
We hope this publication will enhance the relationship between Japan and the countries of the programs’ participants through an exchange of information.
Please note that this booklet is compiled from Welfare for Persons with Disabilities-2004.
Special thanks are extended to Ms. Naomi Epstein for her translation, Ms. Eiko Okuno and Ms. Etsuko Ueno for their support and Ms. Keiko Nakatani for her timeless efforts to accumulate and edit this booklet.
Japan International Cooperation Agency Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities
October 29, 2004