Who decides what it means to be disabled? How do their decisions allow for the exclusion of certain individuals from sites of socioeconomic exchange? Should we do something about it? If so, what are our options? I take up these questions in my dissertation, “Politics, Prosthetics, and Public Imaginations: 150 Years of Disability in Japan.” I have also delivered presentations related to disability and politics at conferences hosted by the Association for Asian Studies, the Harvard East Asian Society, and the Oriental Studies Club of Philadelphia. My research on disability and politics has been supported by the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.