Disability and chronic illness represents a special kind of
cultural diversity, the "other" to "normal" able-bodiedness. Most
studies of disability consider disability in North American or
European contexts; and studies of diversity in Japan consider
ethnic and cultural diversity, but not the differences arising from
disability. This book therefore breaks new ground, both for
scholars of disability studies and for Japanese studies scholars.
It charts the history and nature of disability in Japan, discusses
policy and law relating to disability, examines caregiving and
accessibility, and explores how disability is viewed in Japan.
Throughout the book highlights the tension between individual
responsibility and state intervention, the issues concerning how
care for disability is paid for, and the special problem of how
Japan is providing care for its large and increasing population of
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