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Culture, Institutions, and Disability Policy in Japan: The Translation of Culture into Policy

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Why is the Japanese rate of students with disability a fraction of that of the United States? Barring genetic differences between Americans and Japanese, the difference in disability rates must be what Durkheim called a “social fact,” a phenomenon explained by social differences between the two countries. In this paper we focus on the institutional and cultural factors that enter into the Japanese construction of disability of school-aged students. We argue that the lower incidence of disability in Japan is a result of Japan’s strong collectivist and paternalistic orientation and the requisite institutions promulgating those beliefs. The latter play a key role in the translation of general cultural dispositions into concrete policies and behavior on the ground.

Affiliations: 1: Independent Scholar Edogawa 3-32-13, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 132-0013, Japan, Email:; 2: State University of New York-Albany (SUNY) EAPS, ED 316, Albany, NY 12222, USA, Email:


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