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Please direct any questions to Joelle Tapas at email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
In 1949, Japanese policymakers and SCAP officials created disability in Japan by drafting the Law for the Welfare of Physically Handicapped Persons. Disabled people themselves were excluded from the drafting process with the exception of five members of the Japan Federation for the Blind. How did leaders from Japan’s blind communities come to occupy this privileged position? And what were the consequences of their actions for individuals with different kinds of impairments? In this article, I take up these questions by tracing how blind people capitalized on historical contingencies and geopolitical circumstances to galvanize social movements between 1868 and 1949.