We welcome “Chancellor's Statement - Toward the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion”

published: 2021-01-21Japanese

Institute of Ars Vivendi welcomes and strongly supports the “Chancellor’s Statement – Toward the Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion”, issued on 23 December 2020 and pledges to do its best to make it a reality.

We are delighted to find the reference to reasonable accommodation in the statement. Reasonable accommodation, meaning “necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments”, is a concept that was created to combat discrimination regarding religion and later developed in the disability field. It has been widely recognized around the world through the implementation of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In Japan, the Act to Eliminate Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities, enacted in compliance with CRPD, is a legally mandated.

But beyond law, international or domestic, we do believe that reasonable accommodation has a much potential as a tool for us to live with difference among diverse members of our community. Internationally, reasonable accommodation has been provided based on a number of differences, such as sex, gender, and family status including child care, in addition to religion and disability.

Institute of Ars Vivendi commits to promote diversity and inclusion at Ritsumeikan based on the Chancellor’s Statement, through our academic activities, including research on reasonable accommodation, and practice of its provision.