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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-17
Employment of Persons with Disabilities in Developing Countries


Disability issues are a critical part of poverty reduction, and employment of persons with disabilities is one of the core issues. Labor and employment is important not only for securing subsistence income, but also for establishing basic human rights—the right to work and the principle of non-discrimination supported by equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) also recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to work on an equal basis with others. The objective of this research project is to focus on the equalization of opportunities and promotion of employment of persons with disabilities through legislation, and reveal the roles of and problems facing the current labor and employment laws in developing countries. This research project will research and analyze (1) the employment law system of persons with disabilities, including laws, rules and guidelines, (2) the actual employment situation of persons with disabilities based on the employment law system, and (3) cases of litigation and complaints regarding employment of persons with disabilities in each country to examine the feasibility of the rights established in CRPD, such as the right to work and non-discrimination. Also, the project will collect and analyze good practice cases in each country to provide suggestions for an effective employment law system for persons with disabilities.


April 2010 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] KOBAYASHI Masayuki
[ Co-researchers ] MORI Soya
ASANO Noriyuki (Associate Professor, Osaka Ohtani University)
KAWASHIMA Satoshi (Research Fellow, the University of Tokyo)
SAI Takanori (DPI-Japan)
NISHIZAWA Kikuo (Associate Professor, Kansai University)
SAITO Yoshihisa (Associate Professor, Kobe University)