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26 April 2011

15th April, Report of the Relief Center Fukushima

<Visitors to the center>

·         A 50-year-old man showed up for a consultation. He cannot live because furniture was broken. He asked “Is there any insurance?”

·         Offer of donations from companies. It will be donated through DPI

<Visit to the evacuation center: Report of the family of a 6 year old child with Autism>

·         It is very worrisome because medicine for children is almost out and diapers also getting less. We will ask medicine for the emergency team at the evacuation center and consult about relief goods. 4 out of 5 evacuation centers in Iwaki-chuou have people with disabilities. The center where they have a 6 year-old child seemed very concerned. 

·         Relief life has reached one month and helpers also getting tired. Is it necessary to care about helpers who are working at the evacuation center? The services by doctors and staff will likely be shortened.

<Visiting Evacuation Centers with Business Cards>

·         Mr. Shiraishi, Chairman of the center, made business cards for every staff. When we pass the business card which lists the address & telephone of the Relief Center Fukushima with the message of “Lead lives, Unite one with another” increase sense of security and expand network. Flyers and posters will be posted to 200 evacuation centers.    

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Focal Relief Center Fukushima – 4.19.2011

[Telephone Consultation]

·         My brother in law is a 50 year old person with disabilities.  He has intellectual disabilities and uses wheelchair.  His home in Soma-city has swept away by tsunami.  He was displaced at elementary school at first and then next relative’s house.  However, many relatives came to stay at the same house then it became harder to stay.  His parents came back to working shed which was left after tsunami but couldn’t take brother in law.  Relatives are having difficulty keeping him and want to send him to institution.  à  Refer to Souma-city support center and determine with brother in law’s own wish. 

·         A person with depression who called yesterday called again asking for contact. à Referred to a public health nurse, but the nurse has been busy with overnight shift in evacuation center.


1.       Meeting with Yumekaze foundation headquarter. (11 participants)

2.       Today’s visit

·         Weather got really bad and in some areas, it was difficult to move around due to snow.  Research of Hotels and Inns in Hot spring resort area.

·         Talked with a parent of 10 year old child with higher brain dysfunction.  Staying in one room of Inn with grandmother with Alzheimer and grandfather and father who don’t understand disability. The child is not good at group commuting by bus, therefore, can go to school only twice a week.  When the child stays at the Inn, he get into trouble with grandmother.  School teacher comes to pick him up. 

·         There are centers that refuse to accept people with disabilities due to the lack of accessibility.

·         A medical team from Minamisoma-city was conducting outreach service. 

·         Public health nurses are checking health conditions, but they don’t know in too much detail of persons with disability.

·         Met with a local consulting support staff and a staff of the welfare office at Naraha town hall (Aizu Misato Hongo Building) and visited second evacuation center.

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25 April 2011

Inspection tour in Ibaragi Prefecture
Visit on the coast in Ibaraki Prefecture on Apr. 21

Kita-Ibaraki City

Visit at the disaster relief volunteer center and the welfare section of the city. Everyday life in the city returns to the normal. The activities of the volunteers are focusing on removing debris and assorting relief goods. It is already done to confirm the safety of the disabled. The city does not need additional help.

View into the city: 20% of houses were covered on their roof tiles with blue plastic sheets. Houses damaged by tsunami also stand there and here on the coast, inundated above floor level.

Takahagi City

Visit at the welfare coordination center. According to the consultation service for disaster concerned, all the shelter were closed today (Apr. 21). It is done to confirm the safety of the elder and the disabled. The city does not need additional help.

View into the city: roads are bumpy in spots due to holes and surface lifts. Less than 10% of houses are covered on their roof tiles with blue plastic sheets.

Hitachinaka City

Stop over nuclear plants on the way to Tokai village. The entrances of the plants were blocked by barricades, which made an impression of scary.

Visit at Hitachinaka City Council of Social Welfare. According to the council, no shelters are open now, and civic activities are back to the normal. A billposter that says bus bound for Miyagi Pref. for volunteers shows calm returned a little.

View into the citiy: roads are bumpy in spots due to holes and surface lifts. Less than 10% of houses were covered on their roof tiles with blue plastic sheets.

Oarai City

Visit at the welfare section of the city. According to the city, the confirmation of the safety of the civilians is completed, and the city has neither workshops nor welfare shelters.

View into the city: traces of the tsunami disaster are left around the port. Ferry landing is closed, and the first floor of the shopping mall is affected by tsunami. There are no damages in the residential area.

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Apr.16 Activity Report
[Disaster area center FUKUSHIMA]

~Telephone consulting~~

・A man in his 40’s, living in the area 25km from the nucular plants, takes care of his father of  left hemiplegia(paralyzed) . He is thinking about  an earlier evacuation than government’s annoucement in order to avoid confusion caused by the order. Evacuate destination will be Niigata, where he rents an apartment, hoping to get supports in that area.

・A woman in her 40’s, living in Koriyama, will take care of her mother who was afflicted in Minami-Soma and had been depressed since she evacuated to Niigata, where she was accommodated to a private room. She needs supports such as day care service in her region to alleviate her mother’s deppression.

~~Visits at the evacuation shelters~~

◆ Telephone Follow-up from yesterday’s visit
・6 years old Autistic child: From Apr.12 he has been in shelter due to panick attack in his house every time there is an aftershock. He has become emotional instability  and his familiy wants him  to move to other shelter, where he can meet people suffering from the similar problem.→consultation support office, advised to different shelter or children’s daycare(There are no Welfare shelters around here, causing the problem that a family with developmental disability children has no choice but to live in their car.)

◆ Today’s shelter visit - Iwaki city
・Organization doesn’t correspond well to disabled people in shelters.
・No privacy in shelters because of no partitions. Big gap in supply level (food and other necessities) among shelters.

◆ Situation of peopole with disabilities
・A couple, one needs hemodialysis and the other has paralyzed from waist down, commuties from their shelter to their home for cleaning up the debris in and around their house.
・A couple (93 year old and 90 year old) takes adequate support of daycare service.
・A phisycal disabled person lives in shelter with his/her family, goes out daytime.
・A person with Lower limb disorders: diet in shelter like instant noodle is bad for his high blood pressure. No partitions in the shelter caused him more anxious and he can’t sleep well.
・A schizophrenia person is taking care of his older disabled brother. They have not go to to the hospital yet.
・A 69 years old person with Polio and intellectual disabilities is in shelter away from her family. She can’t take care of daily hygiene properly by herself, resulting in unpleasant odor. That forces her to stay away from others in the shelter.
・A 44 years old person with Schizophrenia was hospitalized until 3-4years ago. His paranoia caused freuquent trobles with others. That occurred  this morning.
・A mentally disabled person, 3rd grade of disability, has lived iin shelter for a month, and gets a tranquilzer today.

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

1. Progress update

3/12     Mr. Misawa, a chair person of DPI-Japan called an establishment of relief headquarters. DPI, JIL, AJU, Shodairen, Yumekaze Foundation have gather together and decided to establish relief headquarthers.  Member of AJU went to affected area with relief goods.

3/14    The first meeting at the congressional office building. Relief headquarters have established. Started relief activity.

3/19    Member of Iwaki CIL evacuated to Toyama Sunrise. (33 people)

3/22    DPI Kansai-area, JIL affiliated organizations gather for joint meeting.

3/24    Emergency in house meeting for “Relief and Recovery support for People with disabilities in affected area” with Suematu vice minister and other members of diet.

3/31    Mr. Yahata (Yumekaze Foundation) goes to Sendai-city. Focal Relief Center Miyagi start its activity.

4/6      JDF Support Center Fukushima opening ceremony.

4/7-10  Visits to affected area (by Sato, Imamura, Kodama and Kotani)

4/11    Meeting of the secretariat of Relief Headquarters

4/12     Opening ceremony of the Focal Relief Center Iwate

2.  Directors   

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

Deputy Director: Ichiji MAKIGUCHI (Yumekaze Foundation)

This movement is called for by the following members:

  • Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI-Japan):

Satoru MISAWA, Akiyoshi YAMADA, Koji ONOUE,


  • Japan Council on Independent Living Centers (JIL):


  • Tokyo Council on Independent Living Centers (TIL):

Toshihiko NOGUCHI, Akihisa YOKOYAMA, Noboru IMAMURA

  • Yumekaze Foundation: Ichiji MAKIGUCHI, Toshio KUSUNOKI

  • Kyodoren: Sakuji MATSUBA
  • Local Organizations:  Toru EDO(AJU Center for Independent Living)

Shunji KAMATA (Mainstream Association)

  • Network to promote inclusive education:

         Sayo KITAMURA, Keiko SEIKAI, Shigeru TOKUDA

3. Structure and Activity

  • 3 Focal Relief Centers and Relief Headquarters in Tokyo (JIL) + Relief Headquarters in Osaka (Yumekaze Foundation)

( 1 )        Focal Relief Center Miyagi

  1. Overview

    • Secretariat shares office with Taskett CIL.

    • Mr. Yahata from Yumekaze Foundation is managing the secretariat with about 10 volunteers.

    • Rented two apartments for Mr. Yahata and Volunteers.

    • Recruit 2-3 staff with the fund of Yumekaze Foundation.

  1. Concept for assistance

    • Accept all the requests at unconditionally.  Meet with the person face-to-face to identify the fundamental cause and take steps for countermeasure.

    • Look for persons with disabilities to ask for what kind of needs they have and work on how to respond to the needs.  It is not necessary to carry out research on how many people with disabilities in the evacuation centers and damages of their houses.

    • The situation could change drastically, so it is better to keep eye on those who said “alright” at the time of consultation.

    • The objective is not just to recover the condition as before the earthquake. Need to solve many problems existed before the earthquake, such as the use of helpers/personal assistants.

  1.   Current Relief Activity

·        Government offices and Welfare offices are not functioning. Cannot dispatch volunteers and some volunteer centers are planning to close after the completion of muds digging.  Welfare offices are placing their staff as coordinators and they do not have resources to dispatch disability-specific volunteers.  We cannot rely neither on government nor welfare office.

·        Large corporate bodies have connections to get volunteers.  It doesn’t look easy, but they are managing somehow.  Small corporate bodies have no volunteers.

·        In Niigata Prefecture, consultation support center was established 3 days after the earthquake and Iwate also planning to establish, but Miyagi doesn’t seem to be willing to do so.

·        Found many people with disabilities in evacuation centers even though they told us there is none. There are some people with invisible disabilities like stoma.

·        Council of social welfare called our office.  Welfare office also called our office. The council of social welfare calls consultation services centers à consultation services center calls for focal relief center  asking for more helpers…. It should be the other way around.

·        The more you investigate, more needs to be identified and gets more busy. 

( 2 )       Focal Relief Center Iwate

·        Headed by Ms. Imakawa, a chair of CIL Morioka. Rented new office (70m²).  Rented two apartments upstairs for housing for volunteers.

·        Plan to recruit full-time staff.  Ms. Imakawa is looking through her network.

·        Dispatch volunteers from Sendai to Morioka.

( 3 )       JDF Support Center Fukushima

·        In Fukushima only, the Focal Relief Center operates jointly with JDF.

·        The center opens on April 6th. Headed by Mr. Shiraishi.

·        Kyosaren is dispatching 15-20 staff from all over the country to stay 1-2 weeks in the affected area.  Staff is going around evacuation centers and talk to people with disabilities for research.

·        This research will be finished by 15th of April and don’t know what they will do afterwards.

( 4 )        Relief Headquarters in Tokyo (JIL)

·        Headquarters operates in JIL.

·        Currently being managed by JIL’s staff (4), volunteers (2) and a support staff from Mainstream Association (April) with the total of 8 staff.

·        Plan to recruit 2-3 full-time staff.

( 5 )       Relief Headquarters in Osaka (Yumekaze Foundation)

·        Tokyo will have scheduled black out, therefore, Osaka will also operate as a headquarters for the time being.

4.          Problem with Nuclear Plant

·        Depending on the situation with the nuclear plant, there is a possibility of mass evacuation

·        Toyama Sunrise (accessible hotel) have accepted people with disabilities from Iwaki-city, however, they will return to Fukushima on the 17th of April.  Office will dissolve from Toyama. 

·        We have asked to be able to set up again at Toyama in the case of mass evacuation.

5.        Other matters

·        People are collecting donations nationwide.  Collection of donations are going well.   

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20 April 2011

Renho, Minister of State for Government Revitalization, visited Fukushima Support Center of JDF

On April 9th, Renho, Minister of State for Government Revitalization, visited Fukushima Support Center of JDF, Japan Disability Forum, in Koriyama-city, Fukushima pre., for persons with disabilities,  devastated in the Tohoku Kanto Earthquake, together with Emi Kaneko, a member of the House of Councilors, Atsuko Muraki, Director-General for Policy Planning of the Cabinet Office , and Toshimi Yamazaki, Counselor for Consumer Affairs Agency   The visit lasted for about 40 minutes.

Kiyoharu Shiraishi,a chairperson of the Fukushima  Support Center of JDF, submitted an “on-site petition” with 10 requirements such as the disclosure of the name list of persons with disabilities, in order to confirm their safety who left behind their homes, the demand of appropriate aid in the evacuation centers according to individual disability, and newly building up  anti-disaster plans for PWDs in the Basic Act for Disabled Persons..

Kinue Suzuki, a board chairperson for “Care Station Utopia” in Tamura city, who was unfortunately unable to sit with the Minister’s visiting, but handed in an opinion pointing out the difficulties, disabled persons face at evacuation centers, and thus the importance of securing an evacuation center that can accommodate disabled persons with special needs.  Suzuki who also herself has disabilities, had to evacuate with severely disabled people who live alone and personal assistant staffs of Care Station of Utopia to Showa village in Fukushima, and to Niigata, where about 120km-145km far to west.


<Photo:The visitation by Minister Renho>

After the Minister Renho left, Atsuko Muraki, Director-General for Policy Planning of the Cabinet Office remained for an additional 15 minutes to talk with the people in the affected areas.  Emi Kaneko, a member of House of Councilors, stayed for about an hour to talk with volunteer staffs. 

The visit was given a headline in the local newspaper Fukushima Minyu.


<Photo:  The newspaper article of Minyu>   

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18 April 2011

Allocating Sunny Land as Field, We Stay in Shady Land : Report on visit to Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture on 1-5. April.

We visited Taskett, an IL center in Taihaku-ward, Sendai, on 1 April,3 weeks after the massive earthquake.  Irregularities of Tohoku Expressway were almost repaired, so that it took 5 hours from Hachioji. We felt relief at smile of the staff who received us, while we noticed terror at the time of earthquake indicated by the broken automatic door.  Immediately we unloaded such goods as mattresses and eternal nutrition, together with motor bicycles donated for helpers’ transportation.  They served us local hot soup and talked at the office.  According to them, staffs were safe, lifeline in the city was nearly recovered, so as to manage daily life,  and they were to dispatch personal assistants when the temporary houses were built within city estates.

On 2 April, we visited evacuation shelters in Tagajo and Ishimaki cities.  The shelters had many problems, as Mr. Sano of Potato Farm said “Looking at the scene tells you what to do”.
In Tagajo Municipal Cultural Center, there was no place to stand due to many evacuees, and it was stuffy. Many of them slept on thin and hard mattresses and cardboard on the floor, while those accommodated at Japanese-style rooms or using sofas at the lobby had a certain living standard. Just by one look, we could tell that elderly persons and persons with disabilities could not live on under such condition for a long term.  Was priority use of mat and sofa considered for elderly persons and those who needed assistance?
The scene of bedclothes neatly and perfectly piled in the corner on the tiled floor grabbed our eyes. It made us swell with sorrow to see for the first time that people were trying their best to organize where they were even under such  tough conditions.
Speechless to see the last straw of evacuation life, we kept on  driving a track to Ishinomaki city.
Destination was "Yugakukan", where patients of Ishinomaki Municipal Hospital damaged by tsunami,  evacuated.  It was a sports facility with gymnasium. There were 150-160 patients laid side by side, lining up in the gymnasium. But there was no partition, because, according to the explanation, the shortage of nurse and personal assistant made it difficult to react  patients’ emergency with a screen between patients.
The junior high school students in the neighborhood came to help as volunteers. They walked among patients and took responsibility to call out for a nurse when a patient raised a hand. 
No division means meant no privacy.  Their lower body became naked by taking off bedclothes in changing diapers. It took place even in front of the junior high school students.

On the 3 April, we moved to Fukushima Prefecture, and visited Fukushima-city, Minamisoma-city and Koriyama-city. 
In Fukushima city we visited Mr. Seiichi Nakate and Mr. Shunji Shinoda of IL Center Fukushima. As it was already known through media, Fukuhima-city is located outside of 30km radius of No. 1 Nuclear Plant, but has very high radiation level. Nakate told us that most families had sent their children to their relatives in other prefectures. 
We caught a glimpse of fears of Fukushima people, when someone said: “There will be discrimination against people in getting married, once they say “I am from Fukushima.” 

We moved into Minamisoma-city through Route 114. The city was quiet and empty with closed shops. We right away headed for the city hall. Even on Sunday, there were many citizensvisiting a housing department. We guessed they were processing their move.   
With a notice for volunteers, we moved into the Social Welfare Council, that also accepted donation goods.  A man, who noticed our car license registered in Hachioji, spoke to us. He also came to volunteer r.  According to him, there were about 10 volunteers including only 1 person from Minamisoma-city staff in that donation center. The all others seemed to be volunteers.  Inside a auditorium appointed as storage, the amount of goods  was as small as that of private storage.  We thought it was difficult to support 2 million people remaining in the city.  We were told the cause of problem. It was the nuclear power plant.  Drivers were willing to deliver goods to neighbouring Soma city, but rejected to Minamisoma.  At the present, volunteers went to Soma to get portion.   
Towards the coast we saw the tsunami-affected area. There was someone with golf club in hand, walking in the mud at the scene where houses, fields, asphalt of roads and even pylons had been swept away. It was 3 weeks after tsunami.  He should look for something every day. Our eyes were full of tears.
On the way going to Koriyama city, road leading to Namiemachi was blockaded by police.

On 4 April, we visited Iwaki-city and Tamura-city. 
We visited Big Palette Fukushima where people who live Kawauchi village and other villages within 20km of Nuclear Plant had evacuated. It was said there were bout 1 million evacuees .  In the facility, tiny huts built by them with cardboards stood in a raw to avoid cold as well as visibility. Their creativity indicated the length of their stay at that shelter.
There were two things we wondered.  One is no sign of persons with disabilities.  Based on the data that  8-10% of the population has disabilities, there should be about 800-1000 persons with disabilities. The other was how to get to a space allocated fot those who needed attendant care. The notice said it was on the 2nd floor.  Cardboard huts filled even the whole spaces in front of elevators, so that  the elevators could not function. How could those in need of care reach the 2nd floor.
We hurried to Iwaki-city to see the affected area before the dark.  The snow started falling on the way. 
Lifeline of the city was recovering and a group of students riding bicycles seemed to come home from club actvities. Even though we visited Iwaki IL Center without advanced notice, Mr. Hideo Hasegawa welcomed us. Center’s member evacuated to Toyama Sunrise in Shinjuku, Tokyo. However, he said group evacuation had time limit. He  worried that personal assistants might not come back once they left work during suspension of business. It was necessary to re-open business. Otherwise, life of persons with disabilities could not be secured.
Keeping fear for Nuclear Plant in mind, they have to manage the center.   He felt it was necessary to encure route and shelter for group evacuation on a scale of around 150 persons.   The order to make whole Iwaki-city would be applied tor Fukushima-city and Koriyama-city. That meant 1,000,000 persons should evacuate.  Where could they go?  At that time, Tokyo cannot be completely avoid nuclear conta, too.

In the late afternoon, we visited Mr. and Mrs. Suzuki in Tamura-city.
“Farmers have taken very good care of their land.  Field will respond to your love and care.  Even a field as small as cat’s forehead has been protected from otherThey got married to close relatives in order to protect their tiny field that they had - and not to lose the land to strangers. It is beyond bearing to lose these lands…. Contamination by nuclear radiation is not visible.  It would be much easier to accept if it were visibly contaminated, such as with color or odor….” Mrs. Suzuki told us with tears. 
Mr. Suzuki continued after wife saying: “Fukushima is a poor place. We use the land with sunshine for farming and we build our houses in where there is no sunshine.” These words pierced in our hearts.
Many centers that dispatch helpers/assistants were also affected and still we have many people without confirmation of their safety.  Currently, the local relief centers set up in Sendai-city and Koriyama-city are working for it.  To ensure accessibility of temporary housing, to dispatch helpers/assistants, to send lecturer for the training of helpers/assistants, psychological care of victims and peer counseling, temporary housing of victims of nuclear plant, etc….  there are many challenges ahead of us.  We need to tackle one by one but with urgency.    

Report by Adachi
Relief Headquarters

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14 April 2011

Report of Mission to Affected Area
Yoshitomo Kodama,Staff,Relief Headquarter

The members of the Relief Headquarters office visited Koriyama and Iwaki cities, Fukushima Prefecture on 7-8 April.
About a month has passed since the Great Earthquake. Tohoku Expressway looked repaired to secure lifeline.

We left Hachioji on 7 April.  It took about 6 hours to arrive at Koriyama and then headed toward a convention center named Big Palette Fukushima, where people in Tomioka town and Kawauchi village were evacuated.  Since we arrived at noon, there was a very long line of people waiting for food distribution at the back door. Inside the center, each family kept space to sleep by partitioning off with cardboard at the entrance floor. It was same at the entrance of each floor.


<Big Palette Fukushima: Inside the center, each family kept space to sleep by partitioning off with cardboard.>

Visiting each floor, we looked for persons with disabilities, but could meet nobody.  The Director of Big Palette Fukushima explained.  The center office seems to be aware of the status of the 70% of evacuees. The data was not complete, because the center accepted evacuees without screening. The data of Fukushima Prefecture was not complete, either, because people had to evacuate due to radiation following tsunami after the quake, floating from one place to another.

We moved from Big Palette Fukushima to Koriyama-city Social Welfare Council.  There was a long line of people applying for loan and other services.  Asked the situation of persons with disabilities in the city, the staff of disability section knew nothing.  Then we quickly left for an IL center, Koriyana,Office IL.

Mr. Kiyoharu Shiraishi, Chairperson of Office IL, Mr. Okabe, Mr. Miyashita and Mr. Kentaro Sugita shared the situation in Koriyama city.  We got information on the opening of general consultation window, support of PWDs who came back from evacuation shelters, actions taken by JDF Fukushima Support Center for PWD, and negotiation with City to disclose the list of citizens with disabilities..
On 8 April, we met Mr. Yoshiyuki Aota of Day Support Peanuts of Minami-Soma city in the morning and left Koriyama.

Day Support Peanuts is a workshop situated within 20-30km zone from the nuclear plant, and the members were advised to remain inside. Aota reported us what had happened since the outbreak of earthquake. At the time of hydrogen explosion, Minami-soma fell into confusion.  City told that everybody had to choose on your own by oneself whether to evacuate by bus, evacuate by one’s private care with 10L oil provided by city or to remain in the city. He said that city had done what they could do at most. Among 70,000 population, 60,000 have evacuated. Several persons with intellectual disability died due to seizure of epilepsy in the car during evacuation or died in a evacuation shelter.

Aota’s and other staff’s evacuation got delayed while he was listening to collect PWD’s detailed needs. to PWD’s detailed needs. The city of Minani-soma at that time had 18,000 people including 8,000 coming back from the shelters, most of whom had felt no hope or at their mental and physical limit for staying at the shelters.  They managed daily living by getting food and necessaries at a local supermarket that resumed sale by stocking at Tokyo or neighbouring prefectures. Many members of Day Support Peanuts have intellectual and multiple disabilities. Due to many requests to reopen received from them and their family, it planned to reopen on 22 April. They would rather go to their usual place, to meet other members than staying at the evacuation shelters. Aota seemed to hear many of them say “I wanted to commute”

Guided by Aota, we further investigated Hamadori, Fukushima. We gained better understanding of what was happening at affected areas, coastal area were much more devastated than imagined. We also went to see Yosshii Land, an institution for elderly persons, and a thermal power plant. At the same time, we were agonized over what we should do afterwards. There is no way to retreat.  We made up our minds to keep going forward.


<Coast of Fukushima: Staff of Relief Headquarter visit the coast area of Fukushima.>

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04 April 2011

Situation of disaster site

A video clip of the time when members of Potato Farm (a CIL of Shiga
prefecture) visited Iwaki is showing at here.
You can see damages for the earthquake and the tsunami.

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01 April 2011

Establishment of the Miyagi Support Center of JDF

On March 30th,” Miyagi Support Center” was established in Sendai city as an front office of "the JDF Headquarters for the Comprehensive Support for Persons with Disabilities hit by the Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake".

The center makes possible for linking between assistance from whole country and afflicted area.Activities for reconstruction are arising step by step.
It has already been 3 weeks, but there are so many problems in that area.

Because of lack of food and petrol, it is difficult to get transportation device and so on.
We need to keep trying to do that we can do.
[Reprinted from a mail magazine of DPI-Japan]

・English page of JDF HQ

・Japanese page of JDF HQ

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