Outline/Chronology of NIVR
The UN (United Nations) designated 1981 as "the International Year of Persons with disabilities" with its theme of "full participation and equality". In 1983, the ILO (International Labor Organization) adopted Convention and Recommendation concerning Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Persons with disabilities). Following these developments, the government came up with the idea of establishing the NIVR in a process that dealt with various measures for persons with disabilities.
In particular, while "the Research Committee on Comprehensive Vocational Measures for Persons with disabilities" clarified the current states and challenges of the vocational rehabilitation policies in Japan, it proposed (1986) that the establishment of a central institute, to assume the leading role in promoting researches and improving relevant services, was vital in determining future vocational measures for persons with disabilities.
Based upon the above proposal, the NIVR was established as a unique comprehensive institute.
Apr. 1986 Inauguration of the Research Committee on Comprehensive Vocational Measures for Persons with disabilities
Dec. 1986 Submission of proposal by the above committee.
Apr. 1987 Inauguration of the Council for Promotion of Establishment of the NIVR.
Apr. 1988 Enactment of the Law for Employment Promotion, etc. of the Disabled.
Jul. 1988 Inauguration of the Committee to Establish and Operate the NIVR.
Mar. 1990 Start of the Office for Preparation of the NIVR.
Nov. 18, 1991 Opening of the NIVR.