Making Employment Meaningful for People with Disabilities: A U.S.-Japan Partnership


Japanese companies are required to staff about two percent of their workforces with people with disabilities, but many individuals remain unemployed, underemployed, or stuck in jobs for which they are ill-suited. In a collaboration with U.S. and Japanese universities and Sega Sammy Holdings Inc., ICI’s Global Disability Rights and Inclusion group studied these gaps and created customized tools to promote meaningful employment and social inclusion for people with disabilities in Japan.

The project conducted interviews and focus groups in Japan to determine the areas of greatest need. There were also two fact-finding visits, one in Japan and one in Minnesota, to show customized employment programs in the United States to Japanese educators and others. Eventually, the group expects to publish Japanese-language materials for educators and employers.

Renata Ticha, Brian H Abery
Renata Ticha, Brian H Abery
U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Japan
University of Wisconsin–River Falls
Hiroshima University [Japan]
University of Tokyo [Japan]
Sega Sammy [Japan]
Mie Prefecture Shuno Kyougikai [Japan]


Renata Ticha :: Senior Research Associate

Brian H Abery :: Senior Research Associate

Partner staff

Satomi Shinde :: Assistant Professor


  • Culture and diversity
    • International initiatives
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    • Employment and workforce development