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29 March 2011

JDF issued 2nd Petition to Relief PWDs (24 March)

(24 March 2011)
Japan Disability Forum (JDF) submitted the Prime Minister and other relevant ministers the 2nd Urgent Petition to urge the government to provide necessary accommodation for persons with disabilities evacuating.
This letter consists of 9 requests: including ensuring welfare service provision in shelters, provision of accessible temporary housing, ensuring fuel to maintain services for persons with disabilities, informational accessiblity of media and shelters, ensuring medicines especially for persons with psychiatric disabilities and covering additional cost for persons with disabilities evacuating outside.

For full text please click here.

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25 March 2011

Relief HQ info in Thai

ประกาศ จาก

สำนักงานใหญ่บรรเทาสาธารณะภัยสำหรับคนพิการ โตโฮกุ-ฮันโกะ จากกรณีแผ่นดินไหวครั้งใหญ่

(Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake)

สำหรับเหตุการณ์แผ่นดินไหวในประเทศญี่ปุ่นครั้งนี้ มีการรายงานความเสียหายอย่างใหญ่หลวงนาทีต่อนาที  ภายใต้สถานการณ์ฉุกเฉิน คนพิการกำลังเผชิญปัญหาหลายอย่าง  ถ้าพวกเขาไม่สามารถอพยพออกจากอันตรายและหาที่พักที่ปลอดภัยและมีสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวกที่เพียงพอที่จะตอบสนองความต้องการขั้นพื้นฐานของพวกเขา ในจัดหาการสนับสนุนที่จำเป็นสำหรับคนพิการอย่างเร่งด่วนและต่อเนื่องนั้น เราได้สร้าง สำนักงานใหญ่บรรเทาสาธาระภัยสำหรับคนพิการ โตโฮกุ-ฮันโกะ (Tohoku-Kanto) จากกรณีแผ่นดินไหวครั้งใหญ่

เราเปิดเว็บไซต์ (ขณะนี้มีเฉพาะภาษาญี่ปุ่นเท่านั้น) :

http://shinsai-syougaisya.blogspot.com/

ในความร่วมมือกับหน่วยงานต่างๆ เราจะให้การสนับสนุนใดก็ได้เต็มกำลังความสามารถ เรามีประสบการณ์จากผู้ที่เคยตกเป็นเหยื่อของภัยพิบัติทางธรรมชาติ และผู้ให้การสนับสนุนเมื่อครั้งที่เกิดแผ่นดินไหวครั้งใหญ่ ฮันชิน-อะวาจิ (Hanshin - Awaji) ที่โกเบและพื้นที่โดยรอบ เมื่อปี ค.ศ. 1995 

นอกจากนี้เรายังมีเครือข่ายทั่วประเทศที่ตระหนักถึงความสำคัญของการดำรงชีวิตอิสระของคนพิการรุนแรงในชุมชน  จากข้อดีเหล่านี้ของเรา เราจะรวมกำลังเพื่อสนับสนุนคนพิการอย่างมีประสิทธิภาพ

ผู้อำนวยการ : คุณโชจิ นากานิชิ (สภาศูนย์การดรงชีวิตอิสระประจำประเทศญี่ปุ่น)

รองผู้อำนวยการ : คุณอิชิ  มากิกูจิ (มูลนิธิ ยูเมคาเซ)

การขับเคลื่อนในครั้งนี้ร่วมมือโดยสมาชิกดังนี้

สมัชชาคนพิการประเทศญี่ปุ่น (DPI-Japan) :

คุณซาโตรุ มิซาวา คุณอากิโยชิ ยามาดะ คุณโคจิ โอโนอูเอะ คุณยูกิฮิโร โอกุยามะ คุณทากุชิ  ยาซึยานากิ

สภาศูนย์การดำรงชีวิตอิสระคนพิการประเทศญี่ปุ่น(JIL):

คุณเรโกะ นากาอิ คุณโคโซ ฮาริชิตะ คุณโชจิ นากานิชิ คุณซาโตชิ ซาโต

สภาศูนย์คนพิการโตเกียว (TIL):

คุณโทชิฮิโกะ โนกุจิ คุณอากิฮิซา โยโกยามา คุณโนโบรุ อิมามุระ

มูลนิธิยูเมคาเซ :

คุณอิจิ มากีกุจิ  คุณโทชิโอ คุสุโนกิ

เคียวโดเรียน :

ซากุจิ มาซุบะ

องค์กรคนพิการในระดับจังหวัด:

โทรุ อีโด (ศูนย์การดำรงชีวิตอิสระคนพิการ เอเจยู)

เครือข่ายเพื่อส่งเสริมการเรียนร่วม :

คุณซาโย  คิตามุระ คุณเคอิโกะ เซอิไก คุณชิเกรุ โทคุดะ

สำนักงานใหญ่

*จะมีการเตรียมสำนักงานไว้ 2 ที่ โตเกียวและโอซากา ในช่วงเริ่มต้นจะใช้สถานที่ของมูลนิธิยูเมคาเซ เป็นสำนักงานปฎิบัติการ

สถานที่ติดต่อภาษาอังกฤษ

Address: 5th floor Musashino Bldg,

3-11-8 Kanda-nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku,

Tokyo, 101-0054 JAPAN

TEL: 81(0)3-5282-3730

FAX: 81(0)3-5282-0017

Email: tamaru@dpi-japan.org

shimano@dpi-japan.org

การรับบริจาคจากต่างประเทศ

ชื่อบัญชี : The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd

Swift Code/BIC: BOTKJPJT

Blanch: Kanda Blanch

Beneficiary’s Account Number: Account No.331-1187475

Beneficiary’s Name: DPI-Japan

แปลโดย

คุณขวัญฤทัย สว่างศรี องค์การคนพิการสากลประจำภูมิภาคเอเชีย-แปซิฟิก

หมายเหตุ 

สำหรับคนไทยหรือคนพิการไทยที่ต้องการบริจาคเงินเพื่อช่วยเหลือเพื่อนคนพิการญี่ปุ่นที่ประสบภัยแผ่นดินไหว กรุณาติดต่อ

·      คุณสุรีพร ยุพา สำนักงานองค์การคนพิการสากลประจำภูมิภาคเอเชีย-แปซิฟิก                          โทรศัพท์ 02-2712123 โทรสาร 02-2712124

·      ธนาคารกรุงไทย ชื่อบัญชี DPI ASIA/PACIFIC RELIEF FUND สาขา เมืองทองธานี  หมายเลขบัญชี  147-0-00780-0

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24 March 2011

Relief HQ info in Russian

16 марта 2011

Объявление 

Штаб квартиры Relief для лиц с инвалидностью Tohoku-Kanto Мощное землетрясение 

  Недавнее мощное землетрясение было разрушительным как передают сообщения. В экстренных условиях лица с инвалидностью испытывают различные трудности, чтобы покинуть опасные места и найти доступный ночлег с соответствующей поддержкой для удовлетворения основных потребностей. Для обеспечения срочной и регулярной поддержки лиц с инвалидностью, мы основали “Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake.

Мы открыли веб-сайт (пока только на японском) : http://shinsai-syougaisya.blogspot.com/

В сотрудничестве с другими различными организациями мы предлагаем любую посильную помощь. У нас достаточно опыта как с точки зрения жертв природных катаклизмов, так и помощников во время Великого Hanshin-Awaji Землетрясения 1995 г., который произошел в Кобе и в округе. Мы также имеем национальную сеть центров независимой жизни для лиц с тяжелыми формами инвалидности. Учитывая эти преимущества мы концентрируем все наши ресурсы для оказания эффективной поддержки.

Директор: Shoji NAKANISHI (Japan Council on Independent Living Centers)

Заместитель директора: Ichiji MAKIGUCHI (Yumekaze Foundation)

Это движение организовано следующими членами:

l  Японская национальная ассоциация организации Disabled PeoplesInternational (DPI-Japan):

Satoru MISAWA, Akiyoshi YAMADA, Koji ONOUE, Yukihiro OKUYAMA,

Takushi YATSUYANAGI

l  Японский совет центров независимой жизни (JIL):

  Reiko NAGAI, Kozo HIRASHITA, Shoji NAKANISHI, Satoshi SATO

l  Токийский совет on центров независимой жизни (TIL):

  Toshihiko NOGUCHI, Akihisa YOKOYAMA, Noboru IMAMURA

l  Фонд Yumekaze: Ichiji MAKIGUCHI, Toshio KUSUNOKI

l  Kyodoren: Sakuji MATSUBA

l  Местные организации:          Toru EDO(AJU Center for Independent Living)

Shunji KAMATA (Mainstream Association)

l  Сеть за инклюзивное образование:

Sayo KITAMURA, Keiko SEIKAI, Shigeru TOKUDA

Ø  ГЛАВНЫЕ ОФИСЫ

В Токио и Осака.

Ø  Контактные адреса на английском:

DPI-Japan

Address: 5th floor Musashino Bldg,

3-11-8 Kanda-nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku,

Tokyo, 101-0054 JAPAN

TEL:     81(0)3-5282-3730   

FAX:     81(0)3-5282-0017

Email:    tamaru@dpi-japan.org

shimano@dpi-japan.org

Ø  Пожертвования из-за рубежа:

Account with Bank:                                   The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd

Swift Code/BIC:                                          BOTKJPJT

Branch:                                                     Kanda Branch

Beneficiary’s Account Number:   Account No.331-1187475

Beneficiary’s Name:                              DPI-Japan

Кредитная карта                                    

http:// www.j-payment.co.jp/lan/bokin/dpien.html? 1

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Relief HQ info in Portuguese

16 de março, 2011
Noticia da sede de "Socorro para Pessoas com Deficiência do Grande
Terremoto de Tohoku-Kanto".
Em relação a este grande terremoto, enormes prejuízos têm sido relatados a cada
minuto. Quanto a situação de emergência, as pessoas com deficiência enfrentam muitos
desafios desde a retirada dos perigos até conseguirem encontrar abrigos acessíveis com um
suporte adequado que atendam as suas necessidades básicas. Sendo assim para podermos
oferecer com urgênca e de forma contínua suportes necessários para as pessoas com
deficiência estabelecemos a "Sede de Socorro para Pessoas com Deficiência do Grande
Terremoto de Tohoku-Kanto".
Nosso site (página no momento somente em japonês):

http://shinsai-syougaisya.blogspot.com/
Em colaboração com diversas outras organizações , iremos oferecer com toda a força
que dispomos ,todo tipo de suporte necessário, possuímos muitas experiências com vítimas de
catástrofes naturais e também dispomos de pessoas que prestam apoio nestas atividades por
conta do grande terremoto de Hanshin-Awaji de 1995, que atingiu Kobe e arredores. Além
deste apoio, já possuímos uma rede nacional para realizar uma vida “independente de pessoas
com deficiências graves na comunidade”. Com estas vantagens, iremos juntar nossas forças
para podermos oferecer um suporte eficaz.
Diretor: Shoji NAKANISHI (Conselho de Centro de Vida Independente do Japão)
Vice-Diretor: Ichiji Makiguti (Fundação Yumekaze)
Esse movimento é composto pelos seguintes membros:
· Assembleia Nacional do International Disabled Peoples do japão(Japão-DPI):
Satoru Misawa, YAMADA Akiyoshi, Koji Onoue, Yukihiro Okuyama,
Takushi YATSUYANAGI
· Conselho Japonês em Centros de Vida Independente (JIL):
NAGAI Reiko, Kozo HIRASHITA, Shoji Nakanishi, Satoshi SATO
· Conselho de Tóquio, em Centros de Vida Independente (TIL):
Toshihiko Noguchi, Yokoyama Akihisa, IMAMURA Noboru
· Fundação Yumekaze: Makiguti Ichiji, Toshio Kusunoki
· Kyodoren: Sakuji Matsuba
· Organizações Locais: EDO Toru (AJU Centro de Vida Independente)
Shunji Kamata (Associação Mainstream)
· rede para promover a educação inclusiva:
Sayo KITAMURA, Keiko Seikai, Tokuda Shigeru
Sede
* Haverá dois escritórios em Tóquio e Osaka. No início, Yumekaze Foundation em Osaka
irá assumir as funções principais.
Endereço do Contato em Inglês:
DPI-Japan
Address: 5th floor Musashino Bldg,
3-11-8 Kanda-nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo, 101-0054 JAPAN
TEL: +81(0)3-5282-3730
FAX: +81(0)3-5282-0017
Email:
tamaru@dpi-japan.org ou shimano@dpi-japan.org
Doação Exterior:
Account with Bank: The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd
Swift Code/BIC: BOTKJPJT
Branch: Kanda Branch
Beneficiary’s Account Number: Account No.331-1187475
Beneficiary’s Name: DPI-Japan
Doação no Brasil:
Agencia: 0286 (HSBC Centro Recife)
Conta Corrente: 00569-68
Nome: Masami Morigami (Representante do DPI-Japão no Brasil)
CPF: 015.286.774-04
*Quando efetuar doações para DPI-Japão, por favor, enviar o comprovante de deposito
pelo e-mail para:
morigami@dpi-japan.org

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Fuel and personal assistants in shortage in Koriyama (23 March)

(23 March 2011)

Report from Sugita, CIL Fuchu, Tokyo, who made a visit to Fukushima Prefecture on 21 and 22 March.

1. Iwaki-city
   Water supply does not cover 70% of the city yet and fuel is not in shortage.  According to a public health nurse of the city, the population itself declines so that manpower is not absolutely enough to cover the persons with disabilities left in the city.  Iwaki IL Center considers return and resuming its services in April.

2. Koriyama-city
   As Shinkansen, the bullet train from Tokyo, is not available yet, buses are provided instead.  Fuel and medical consumable goods (electrolysis water, catheter, “ensure liquid” (polymeric diet) etc.) are starved.

   Office IL, an Independent Living Center in Koriyama-city, cannot have clear vision yet when to resume their operation, because of the lack of fuel, nuclear plant accident and evacuation of people.  At this moment, Office IL suspends personal assistant services other than most necessary cases.
  18 service users of Office IL still receive personal assistants.  Municipal Social Welfare Council provided bathing service.  Office IL tried to use volunteers as personal assistants, but due to the lack of experiences some were not effective.

  For those who do not use in-home services such as persons with mild physical and intellectual disabilities, meal distribution services under nursing care insurance for the elderly checked their safety together with the elderly persons.  For autistic persons, Office IL asked municipal government to open a day-service center.

  This city consolidated 6 different counseling support centers for persons with disabilities to provide effective support.  The municipal government is also supportive to revise the amount of personal assistant services, but the personal assistants themselves are absolutely in shortage.

  Office IL also serves as logistic center, which is able to receive aids all the time including weekend and night.  It also has a strong community network with other welfare corporations including Kyodoren and Social Welfare Councils.

  There were around 30 persons sheltering in Municipal Center for Physically Disabled Persons.  Due to the radiation concerns, most of their meals were not cooked on site but consisted of carbohydrate substances that were distributed. 

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Relief HQ info in Korean

Korean friend translate the leaflet of Relif HQ.

2011 3

동북관동대지진(동북지방태평양지진) 장애인구호지원본부

이번 대지진으로 피해를 입으신 가족이나 관계자 여러분들을 생각하면 굉장히

마음이 아프며 피해를 입으신 분들에게 진심으로 위로의 마음을 전해드립니다.

이번 대지진으로 인한 막대한 피해 상황과 그 심각성이 보도되고 있습니다.

그러나 장애를 가진 사람들은 필요한 지원을 받아, 피난하여 피난소에서 생활하고 있는 등

많은 문제를 안고 있습니다. 우리들은 빠른 시일 내에 그리고 계속적으로, 피해를 입고 있는

장애인들에게 필요한 지원을 해야 한다고 생각합니다.

이에 우리는 [동북관동ㅡ대지진 (동북지방태평양지진) 장애인구호지원본부]를 설립하였습니다.

홈페이지는 이쪽입니다. http://shinsai-syougaisya.blogspot.com/

앞으로도 다른 많은 단체들과 협력을 해 가면서 저희들이 할 수 있는 모든 지원에 총력을

다하도록 하겠습니다. 저희들은 지난 한신(고베)지진 때 장애인에 대한 지원의 경험을 가지고

있습니다.

또한 중증장애인의 지역 자립생활을 지원 하기 위해 설립된 전국 네트워크가 있습니다.

이 네트워크를 활용하여 최선을 다해 지원활동을 해 가도록 하겠습니다.

대표】 中西 正司(전국자립생활센터협의회

부대표】 牧口 一二(유메가제 기금

도움을 주는 사람들

DPI일본회의: 三澤 了、山田昭義、尾上浩二、山幸博、八柳卓史

전국자립생활센터 협의회(JIL) :

長位鈴子、平下耕三、中西正司、佐藤

동경도자립생활협의회(TIL)

유메가제 기금 : 牧口一二、楠 敏雄

차별과 싸우는 공동체전국연합(공동연) : 松場作治

지역단체:江 徹(AJU 자립의 집)、廉田俊二(메인스트림협회

장애인권리조약비준 inclusive교육추진네트워크

北村小夜、子、田 茂

사무국

현재 동경과 오사카 2곳에서 사무국 설치를 위한 준비를 하고 있습니다. 지금까지는NPO 법인 유메가제 기금이 사무국으로서 대응을 해왔습니다.

곧 현지파견임시직원 및 하찌오지 사무소 구호지원 본부직원을 모집 중입니다.

「NPO법인 유메가제 기금

주소533-0033 大阪府大阪市東淀川東中島1-14-1

전화06-6324-7702 팩스06-6321-5662

메일yumekaze@nifty.com

홈페이지http://homepage3.nifty.com/yumekaze/

지원금의 후원할 곳

현재 지진지원전용 계좌의 개설을 준비 중이며, 아래 의 유메가제 기금의 계좌는 지금까지와 동일합니다. 2곳의 계좌에 대해서는 앞으로도 계속적으로 사용 가능합니다.

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23 March 2011

Relief HQ Opens Account for Credit Card Donation! (23 March)

Now You Can Donate with Your Credit Card!

  Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake finally opens an account to accept donation through credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB).

  We highly appreciate the strong support of J-Payment Inc., internet payment service company based in Tokyo, to open this account.  Since 2009, J-Payment supports DPI-Japan.

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22 March 2011

Aids do not reach those who need it (22 March)

(22 March 2011)

Report from AJU Support Team (AJU IL Center in Nagoya is sending a team to Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture)

   A lot of goods have been sent, but there is no way to send individuals to meet their needs.  Tasuketto, an Independent Living Center in Sendai, has got necessary aids from Tokyo and begins to distribute them to persons in need.

   Securing routes is our challenge.  Affected area is too large for Tasuketto to cover everyone, as it does not have enough manpower and fuel by itself.  To cover all Miyagi Prefecture, we asked 25 municipal social welfare councils to support this mission.  Lack of fuel is their common problem.  Some of them offered to bring our materials when they visit homes of the elderly for nursing care.  Some failed to introduce appropriate officers to deal with this matter.

   It also became a part of our mission to identify the contact address of each municipality to consult with logistics.  While municipalities set up their own HQ for the relief by themselves, municipal social welfare councils also have their own volunteer centers. 

   Even if municipalities receive a lot of aids, there is no coordination and management on site.  So, no one can answer if the aids in the barns are enough.

   Aids are not provided adequately for persons who are really in need.  Especially, isolated shelters or towns are obvious examples.  If a place is reported on TV or newspapers, the place would be able to get a lot of food and other goods, but other places are left under very severe situations.  An efficient system must be developed as soon as possible in order to distribute aids appropriately to the places in need.  This is a matter of saving lives of persons there.

  Today, we got an alarming phone call from an elderly person who lives alone. He was refused to stay at a shelter because his home was not destroyed.  However, he did not have any stock of foods today, as food is provided only for persons in shelters.

(source: http://wadachi.ecom-plat.jp/?module=blog&eid=12906&blk_id=12519)

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21 March 2011

Mass media pays less attention to PWDs in disaster (21 March)

(21 March 2011)

   Mass media in Japan do not pay enough attention to persons with disabilities in emergency.  According to Noriko Seyama who tried to search articles mentioing disabilities on line, she could find only 34 articles using "disability" in relation with this Great Earthquake among tons of news everyday since 11 March.  Among 34 articles,  28 are from nationwide newspapers, 4 from an internet media on medical care, 1 from a local newspaper and 1 from a magazine. 

   Of course, not all the articles are uploaded on the websites.  However, in fact, most of the information on persons with disabilities are available on the personal blogs and twitters.  Persons with disabilities should rely on their own network to gain appropriate information.  In addition, the entire society misses the opportunity to take consideration of marginalized groups in natural disasters including persons with disabilities. 

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National Welfare Center becomes Shelter for PWDs (19 March)

(20 March 2011)

  Soon after Iwaki Independent Living Center in Fukushima sent an emergency request of group evacuation, the Relief HQ successfully negotiated with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare to secure Toyama Sunrise (National Welfare Center for Persons with Disabilities), in Shinjuku, Tokyo as a shelter for persons with disabilities.   On 19 March, Iwaki IL Center safely arrived at Toyama Sunrise.

  In the meantime, many aid materials have gathered to the HQ located in Japan Council on Independent Living Centers (JIL).  Staffs are extremely busy in organizing such goods and information, coordination, negotiation and responding inquiries.
  Today, Higashi, Chief for Disability Measures Reformation of Cabinet Office, provided a car for staffs, so that they were able to join Toyama Sunrise.

   Besides that, Tokyo Council on Independent Living Centers also urged its members to gather Toyama Sunrise.  Until the Iwaki IL Center arrived, they could discuss how to create support system in Tokyo.
   It was decided to assess the needs of Iwaki IL Center members considering their health condition, as they must be too tired to accept interviews.  It was also decided to work for collecting donations in central Tokyo, as well as their districts.

   NHK, the public broadcasting corporation, and Tokyo Shimbun, block newspaper in Tokyo, came to Toyama Sunrise for coverage.  A journalist told Imamura, in charge of public relations, “I am impressed to observe such support by you who have difficulties due to disabilities”.  Imamura replied “As a peer with disabilities, we can easily imagine and share their difficulties and scary emotions.  So, we cannot abandon them.”

    For those who require daily supports such as personal assistance care and communication support, ordinary shelters are not always safe, but sometimes extremely dangerous.  It is necessary to explain medias on the reality of community living of persons with severe disabilities.  Taking this opportunity, the importance of building inclusive society should be understood from the viewpoint of actions for natural disasters.

    Toyama Sunrise will function as a shelter for persons with disabilities.  However, it has a limited capacity.  It will be necessary that IL centers nationwide share the responsibility to accept these persons with disabilities from affected areas. 
    There is no subsidy for them such as food expenses.  The municipalities where shelters locate do not cover the expenses of their personal assistant services, but each IL center should, as they don’t have residential registration there.  Or they must completely depend on unpaid volunteers.

 

WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.

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Any inquiry, please contact tamaru@dpi-japan.org or shimano@dpi-japan.org

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Iwaki IL Center evacuates to Tokyo (19 March)

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(20 March 2011)

  On 19 March, 33 persons including 8 persons with disabilities and 14 family members of Iwaki Independent Living Center evacuated to Toyama-Sunrise (National Welfare Center for Persons with Disabilities) in Shinjuku, Tokyo.  3 of 8 PWDs require personal assistant care.
  The group left Iwaki city, Fukushima Prefecture, around noon by 6 vans and it took more than 5 hours to reach Toyama Sunrise.  Though they were quite exhausted to survive one week after the earthquake, they all arrived safely. 
  Upon arrival, the Relief HQ provided meals.  They were also welcomed by ALS Association which happened to have a meeting next door and Toyama Sunrise with onigiri (rice balls) and miso soup.
  According to Hasegawa and Ono of Iwaki IL Center, residents of Iwaki-city already started to leave the city due to the fear for nuclear plants.  While Iwaki-city is becoming ghost town, there still remain not a few persons with disabilities in the city.  There are various reasons to stay there: some seem to have less fear for nuclear plants, some are afraid of survival in different places due to their severe disabilities.  And to support such persons who choose to stay, their personal assistants also stay in the city.

  They also reported individual cases. A person with a cervical injury who was cared by family members lets only family members evacuate and stays alone on the bed.  A person with ALS who is also cared by family members decides to stay altogether not to break the family....
   Hasegawa will return to Iwaki city on 22 March and try to bring them to Toyama Sunrise.  HQ assumes such displaced persons who require personal assistant care remain a lot in affected areas and it is required to rescue and support them immediately.

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Report from Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures (18 March)

(18 March 2011)

Information from Japan Council on Independent Living Centers (JIL).

<Situation in Fukushima Prefecture>

  Yesterday, Potato Farm, led by Mr. Sano of CIL Kohoku, left Shiga to bring aid materials to Koriyama city through Niigata.  On the way, they received additional materials Fukui Com-Supo and ALS Association.  They are transporting water, gasoline, kerosene, rice, toilet paper, antiseptic etc.  Aieru-no-kai will accept these materials.  It is necessary to discuss with the Nippon Foundation and other organizations if Koriyama can be used as the logistic center.

1. IL Center Fukushima (Fukushima-city)
In accessible apartment possessed by CIL and in other area of the city, 14 persons with disabilities live.  They have no water and gasoline.  Neighboring farmers bring foods.  Due to lack of fuel, personal assistants cannot visit persons with disabilities.

2. Aieru-no-kai (Koriyama city)
This center takes care of 40 persons with disabilities including those who require medical care like ALS.  Consumable supplies of medical care and gasoline are shortcoming.

3. Fukushi-no-machidukuri-no-kai (Tamura-city)
At this moment, 10 persons with disabilities and personal assistants spontaneously evacuate in a hostel in Showa-village.  They plan to move to Niigata Prefecture.

4. Iwaki IL Center (Iwaki-city)
Tomorrow, members will evacuate in Toyama-Sunrise in Tokyo.

<Situation in Miyagi Prefecture>
In collaboration with the Nippon Foundation, JIL secured a route to bring aid materials regularly to Sendai and Natori cities.  Now coordinating with CIL Tasuketto if it can be a center to support persons with disabilities in that area.

1. CIL Tasuketto (Sendai city)
  Electricity is available now.  Taking care of 5 persons with disabilities and 4 non-disabled staffs.  Lack of gasoline, personal assistant services get stuck. Yesterday, 2 power-assist bicycles were brought to Tasuketto.

2. Tsudoi no ie (Sendai city)
  Mr. Toyokawa of Tasuketto informed us to support Tsudoi, an institution for persons with severe and profound disabilities.  Its office is partly destroyed. Utilities are also disconnected.  Although it is not a residential institution, their family members are also affected and it is difficult to live in shelters.  At this moment, 40 persons with disabilities evacuate in Tsudoi.
  Shortage of diaper, toilet paper and other medical consumables. Yesterday, such items are brought through Tasuketto.

3. Arinomama-sha (Sendai city)
  Around 60 persons with disabilities live there.  Water is not available.  Yesterday, diaper and other items were brought to Arinomama

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DPI Women Network announces how to support PWDs in shelter

(19 March 2011)

   DPI Women Network issued a leaflet to introduce appropriate support for persons with disabilities in shelters.  http://dpiwomennet.choumusubi.com/saigai.pdf (Japanese)

  This 4-page information kit explains briefly necessary supports and accommodations according to different kinds of disabilities: physical, visual, hearing, intellectual and psycho-social disabilities. 

   This leaflet will be distributed at the shelters.  On 17 March, Saitama Prefecture offered Saitama-Arena for shelter from Fukushima Prefecture by the end of this month.  It has a capacity of 3000 persons.  It is decided that this kit will be distributed at the volunteer corner there.

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Japan Disability Forum urges Gov for action (14 March)

14 March 2011

Japan Disability Forum submitted an urgent petition to Japanese government.  This letter urges Japanese government to take immediate action to support persons with disabilities in affected areas, in collaboration with disabled people's organizations.

For full text (English), please download this (MS Word)

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Message from Director, Relief HQ

17 March 2011

Dear friends,

On behalf of my colleagues, I sincerely appreciate messages of concern and sympathy from all over the world.

On March 11, massive earthquake hit east-northern part of Japan.  The earthquake recorded unhistorical scale - Magnitude 9.0 - and caused tens of thousands of causalities.  Hundreds of persons with disabilities are highly suffered from this disaster. 

DPOs in Japan immediately set up an emergent disaster relief headquarters at Japan Council on Independent Living Centers (JIL) and appointed me as director.  The headquarters started operation on March 15 in collaborations with DPI-Japan and various groups of persons with disabilities of all over Japan.

In disaster plagued areas, serious shortage of fuel and electricity is a big problem.  Personal assistants cannot reach to users' home.  Respirator users have difficulty in obtaining electric power. Even if they have generators, it is difficult to use portable generator due to lack of fuel.  Shortage of food is also serious.

Currently, we have many offers from friends with disabilities from all over the world.  The disaster relief headquarters will open bank account by April 22 to receive credit card donation. (NOW WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARD DONATION!) Then the headquarters will immediately send notice on the account.  We also highly appreciate if our friends open the account to receive donation in your own region or country for us.

Attached please find the petition made by Japan Disability Forum.

Sincerely yours,

Shoji Nakanishi
Director
Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake

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WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! --Donation from Overseas

Donate NOW!!

<With your creditcard (Visa, Master)>

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<Bank transfer>

Account with Bank:   The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd
Swift Code/BIC:       BOTKJPJT
Branch:                Kanda Branch
Beneficiary’s Account Number:  Account No.331-1187475
Beneficiary’s Name:            DPI-Japan

  Persons with disabilities can be easily marginalized in all the processes of natural disaster.  In this great earthquake also, media seldom reports the situation they are facing.  Persons with disabilities in affected areas face a lot of difficulties everyday in inaccessible physical/informational environment with limited supply of basic needs. 

   Even in reconstruction stage, the needs of persons with disabilities have not been paid attention enough. It makes persons with disabilities difficult to return and mainstream in society.  We must not repeat the history of previous natural disasters again in Japan.

   Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake is a unique joint effort called for by disability movement in Japan.  Our effort for persons with disabilities affected by this great earthquake covers from rescue and relief on site to advocacy for reconstruction.  It will take a long, long time to complete our mission. 

WE SINCERELY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.

Any inquiry, please contact tamaru@dpi-japan.org or shimano@dpi-japan.org

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20 March 2011

Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake

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