Comments: Disability, Shame and Japan

Yes, what about this man's life?? That is sick and disgusting! The family should not be able to heal; they should live with what they've done for the rest of their life. Also, a society that encourages this sort of treatment needs to take a good hard look in the mirror....

Posted by wl at November 13, 2004 03:19 AM

It isn't too shocking knowing what Japanese culture is basically like. I was told that they do not express their thoughts and emotions a lot. So I guess with having a disabled family member, their shame is in having something not seen as normal in their society. In Sydney, Australia, disabled people are treated just like any abled person, there are lots of facilities for the disabled eveywhere and the disabled folks go about in public without any shame. I admire that type of arrangement to help include disabled folks into everyday society. The Japanese government should take steps to improving the intergration of disabled folks and put out campaigns to help society accept them as they are - human beings.

Posted by KOSMOS at November 24, 2004 10:50 AM