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Disability and Economic Development: Lessons from Japan

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

Video Lecture

April 2014






About 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, and the number is growing. This is due to the ageing population – older persons have a higher risk of disability – and the increase in chronic health conditions associated with disability, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mental illness on a global scale. It is impossible to achieve development goals if 15% of the world population are ignored or excluded.

Persons with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed and generally earn less even when employed. On average, employment rate of persons with disabilities was over half that for persons without disabilities. However, at the same time, persons with disabilities may have extra costs for personal support or for medical care or assistive devices. Economic contributions of persons with disabilities and their family would be promoted if barriers are addressed and accessibility is ensured.  (From the World Report on Disability. WHO and the World Bank, 2011)

Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO), lectures on disability and economic development based on his research and experience in Japan and in the world.

With sign language (ASL), voice-over and caption.

Lecturer

Dr. Soya Mori, Senior Researcher, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (IDE-JETRO)

About the Video

In American Sign Language (ASL), voice-over and caption.

Soya Mori, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) speaks on the topic of disability and economic development, highlighting some key issues in forming disability-inclusive policies in developing countries by introducing some examples from Japan and some developing countries. He shed light on the close link between disability and poverty, and argued for advancing the rights of persons of disability, providing access to decent employment, and empowering persons of disability in the processes of development.

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