In this episode of the Just Japan Podcast, host Kevin O’Shea talks to Michael Gillan Peckitt about his experiences as a disabled person living and working in Japan. Michael is a Briton who lives in Osaka and works as a lecturer at a major university in the Kansai Region.
Michael has Cerebral Palsy and faces challenges in his day-to-day living that most foreigners who come to live and work in Japan don’t face.
In this episode of the podcast Michael discuses the way he is treated in Japan as both a foreigner and a person with a disability. He compares the attitudes people in Briton (his homeland) have towards disabled people versus those here in Japan.
Michael and Kevin also talk about accessibility in Japan. Is Japan a country that is more suitable for people with disabilities versus other modern countries?
With the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics approaching, many are also talking about the preparations being put into place in order to prepare Japan for millions of visitors leading up to and following the games. Michael shares his feelings about possible infrastructure changes and improvements in Japan leading up to the Olympics.