Disability in the Far East: Japan’s Social Transformation in Perceptions of People with Disabilities

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Miho Iwakuma

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Japan, culture, disability

Abstract

The phenomenon of disability is socially constructed; therefore, it is not free from norms, rules, shared understandings or value systems—in short, culture.  This paper examines the universal presence of disability in the Japanese context, which is affected by a myriad of ever-changing influences, including political, cultural, and social forces.
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