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30 May 2011

Fundraising by PWDs are continuing. This is the latest report.

Yokosuka City

Takenoko Kai(NPO) rallied for fundraising in front of Yokosuka Central Station in weekdays between March 29 and April 6 in order to be as much help for PWDs in the disaster area as we can.

Thanks to generous understanding and cooperation from about 3,000 people of citizens of Yokosuka City, Large amount of donation has been done. Our great compassion to PWDs in the disaster area and Warm cooperation from Yokosuka citizens gave us power to finish our activity to the end.  We were very impressed to tie the disaster area and Yokosuka City with PWDs Support.

We will make further efforts to let human harmony become human link, and make inclusive society as much as we can.

Donated fund was sent to PWDs in the area through Yume Kaze Fund.

Tachikawa City

Independent Living Center Tachikawa rallied for fundraising of PWDs support in the disaster area on April 2,3,10 and 13 around Tachikawa station. 25 members including Staff and our Clients attended this activity.

Donated fund was sent to the Relief Headquarters for PWDs with the money in the donation box at our office. We will make further efforts to support PWDs in the disaster area.

Nara City

We see Cherry blossoms begin to fall and some late flowers come to bloom. The forecast said the weather is easy to change today..

This is the report of our fundraising.

Nara Support 24 rallied for fundraising for 2 hours in the afternoon on April 1 and 15 in front of Nara station.

We were surprised to find much more bills in donated money than we expected. Voices of “Carry on” from every generation encouraged us. A young guy with colored hair also donated hesitatingly, not passing thorough.

We will make further efforts to figure out what we can do for them.

Kunitachi City

This is Center of Independent Living Kunitachi. We appreciate your kind cooperation for our fundraising on April 6 and 8. Donated fund was sent to DPI Japan.

There still are aftershocks and nuclear crisis in the disaster area, and need supporting. We will continue fundraising.

Shizuoka City

This is Shizuoka Center of Independent Living.

We made the 3rd fundraising at a main street in Shizuoka City on April 16.

Over 60 members with support from other organizations rallied this time. There were resonant voices to ask for donation in warm sunlight.

Mita City

Thank you for your daily works. This is Mita Center of Independent Living.

Mita City is a small town in a valley, called Hanshin Middle Garden. But ciizens have great compassion for people in the disaster area, and showed intrests on our small activity.

We are also allowed to set our donation box in the Community Center.

We made fundraising activity for 2 days, and plan to do this on 17, 20, and 27 in this month.

Even if it makes little effect, we will make further efforts until peaceful days come back to them.

Chikugo City

Thank you for your daily works. This is Chikugo Center of Independent Living.

Since Chikugo City is a small town with only 50,000 population and is as big as Fukuoka Studiam, we made fundraising with little expectation. This disaster, however, made great influence on the distant place from the disaster area. Many people such as Mothers, little kids with grandmothers, commuters,etc. stopped by our booth and donated.

We don’t end our activity, and will make further fundraising for our fellows, PWDs in the disaster area.

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April 20, Activity Report Fukushima Disaster Area Center

◆11:15am – Iitate Village. Meeting with Chief Welfare Officer, Dept. of Health and Welfare
We expressed the inconvenience at shelters, plus the idea of welfare apartment building, concerns when returning home or being institutionalized. Also requested the list of PWD or accompanying their visit. 

Chief Welfare Officer mentions;
・Population: 6200-6300
・Preferred timing of scheduled evacuation has not surveyed yet. Visit will be conducted by the village officers only (accompanying is not allowed)
・Most of the evacuees want institution than home.
・Number of elderly people at home: 65
・More than 300 hold Disability ID (Disability Handbook)- (physical 250, intellectual 40, children in medical care 40)
・Considering the possibility of cooperation with Fukushima Support Center.
・1800 cases of individual demands survey including family needs should be organized and want us to deliver
・Discrepancy about wishes between them and their family is hard to deal with under such crisis. 

◆12:20pm – Iitate Village, Meeting with Head and staff at the Council of Social Welfare.
Explained objectives and requested cooperation

◆1:15pm – Kawamata City. Meeting with Chief Health Welfare, Dept. of Health and Welfare

・Problem is effects of radiation but the earthquake
・Accepting evacuees from other cities has slowed down. 6000 people at one moment but now 100 less.

◆2pm- Kawamata City. Meeting with Executive Officer at the Council of social Welfare located in the welfare center for the elderly people
・Scheduled evacuation area is called Yamagiwa district and 1190 people (360 households) resides as of July 2010
・Disability ID (Disability Handbook) holders: physical 600, intellectual/mental 100. Those with severe disabilities or homebound may need supports from JDF center and consists 10 % among these.
・Others may evacuate by themselves or being institutionalized. As a city, considering temporary housings in a city and resides within a city. During the process, evacuees may be located in outside of city temporarily with our support.

◆Peanuts in Minami Soma
Number of employee was used to be 27, but now only 5. 1 will resume.
・Participants: 8-9 (20 are registered)
・Basically monitor how participants do because of lack of knowledge about them.
・Realized the necessity of continuous support including staying at night.

・Idea for building shelters for PWD in Aizu (40-tsubo housing). Modification of wheelchair accessible bathroom is necessary.
・Went to see the apartment building for volunteers a little after 2pm on 21st.

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23 May 2011

Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities/Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International April Activity Report

Two months have passed since the Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake.  A sign of recovery can be seen gradually, but it should not go on leaving the ones who is already excluded from the society.  We continue to strive for the renewal with the objective that is to build a society where everyone can live just as they are.

April 12th
CIL Morioka in Morioka-City, Iwate Pref. played the main role in setting up the Focal Relief Center IWATE.  They deliver aid supply, relief money, manpower, valuing "face-to-face communication" and "unity".  The center is collaborating with different associations and has already begun helping by identifying people's safety, sending volunteers, etc.

April 14th
We submitted the "Petition for countermeasures against the Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake and Tsunami Disasters" at the hearing of the joint meeting between the LDP's selected committee on disabled people and the task force in Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry.

April 17th
Members of the Independent Living Center Iwaki who were taking shelter at the Toyama Sunrise have returned to Iwaki-City.  As a counter measure against the problem with the Nuclear Plant, they created the manual of their own and are conducting evacuation drills. With the dissemination of correct information, they are working toward rebirth of their community. 

April 20th
We submitted the "Petition for  counter measures against the Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake" at the hearing of Komeito's joint meeting (on earthquake disaster countermeasures).

April 21st
We visited coastal areas of Ibaraki Pref. (Kita-Ibaraki City, Takahagi City, Hitachinaka City, Ooarai Town).  Municipal officials told us that they have already confirmed the safety of persons with disabilities and there were no need for support.

April 22nd
We mainly visited evacuation centers in Saitama Pref. It is also important to provide support for those who have evacuated to Kanto area as well as people in the affected areas. We have distributed flyers and posters while gathering information.

Focal Relief Centers for Persons with Disabilities were established in Iwate Pref. following the establishment in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures.  Those individual centers have started to disseminate information via blogs, newsletters, etc.  Since the number of volunteers decreased after the Golden Week (Japanese holiday from 29th of April – 5th of May),they are facing the great challenge of securing volunteers.  Each support center in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima prefectures are seeking on-site volunteers.  Volunteers are to help assess the situation of persons with disabilities in the affected area, identifying their needs, provide individual support, and so on.  Please contact the headquarters if you can work at least one week on-site. (Tel:042-631-6620 Takagi)

There are fund raising efforts continuing around the country. Our efforts such as investigating the damage and the situation of people with disabilities and financial, physical and humanitarian aids will be continued in collaboration with other organizations. 
Please continue to support our work. 

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19 May 2011


April 14. 2011

Mr. Seiichi Eto
Chairperson, Special Committee on Persons with Disabilities
Policy Research Council, Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

Mr. Norihisa Tamura
Chairperson, Division of Health, Labor and Welfare
Policy Research Council, Liberal Democratic Party of Japan

Satoru Misawa
Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples’ International


DPI-Japan highly appreciate our continuing efforts to improve the policy for persons with disabilities.

 East Japan now faces an unprecedented crisis. Although a month has passed since the earthquake, safety of persons with disabilities is not yet confirmed. In Fukushima an additional order for evacuation was given. As a fellow person with disability, as well as supporter, we are deeply concerned whether they have properly evacuated, whether they have been able to live evacuation shelters.

DPI-Japan, Japan Council on Independent Living Centers, Yumekaze Foundation, Kyodoren, and Network to Promote Inclusive Education established “Relief Headquarter for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake”, which renamed later as “East Japan Great Earthquake” at Tokyo and Osaka on March 14, since we thought necessary support should be given urgently and continuously for our many fellows with disabilities affected by this disaster. Two focal relief centers were formed at Sendai, Miyagi Pref. and Koriyama, Fukushima Pref. respectively.  Another one is already planned at either Morioka or Miyako in Iwate Pref. We are doing our best to provide support in collaboration with other various organizations, but the safety of elderly persons and persons with disabilities living alone in the community is confirmed last.

In our view, a strong society that can overcome natural disasters is an inclusive community where people can get necessary supports, actively participate in the society and extend social network. We strongly feel that a recovery measured being discussed now should include rebirth as inclusive society as major objective, not rehabilitation of the conventional society. Our present relief activities revitalizing from disaster indicate that our movement should be developed, regarding future policies for persons with disabilities as key point.   

So, we put together current needs and proposals for reconstruction.

Basic perspectives concerning a draft of Recovery Act
・ Support for persons with disabilities and elderly persons and construction of a barrier-free community should be mainstream of a recovery concept and the Act.
・ The recovery plan should aim at rebirth as new inclusive community where persons with disabilities and elderly persons can live easily and safely.
・ Universal design and barrier-free design should be the standard of the recovery plan.

The key to building a community and society strong against natural disaster is recovery measure in harmony with policies for disabled and elderly persons.

* Personal information
Although we inquire to a local administration for a list of persons with disabilities living at home, it is not possible to identify them due to the personal information protection law.  This has become a great obstacle in providing supports.  A partial revision of the personal information protection law or an adequate operational modification is urgently needed.

* Ensuring Information
We strongly demanded captioning of the disaster related press conferences and other news programs. It is requested to show in actual figures how much captioned  programs has been broadcasted compared to ordinary times.

* Managing and operating the “Law to Support the Independence of Persons with Disabilities”, based on the situation of the affected areas.
1) Due to the shortage of helpers/personal assistants in the affected areas, uncertified helpers/personal assistants should be treated as equal as certified personal assistant serving under the scheme of “home assistance for persons with severe disabilities” or “guide helper for autistic persons”

In Sendai, for example, only those with ALS and muscular dystrophy are entitled to be covered by “home assistance for persons with severe disabilities”. Most disabled persons, including persons with cerebral palsy, are covered by the schemes of “assistance for persons with physical disabilities” plus “housework assistance”. These schemes require personnel with at least 2nd degree home-helper qualifications. 130 hours of training is necessary in order to be qualified for the 2nd degree home-helpers, so that it is not realistic for the current situation.

2) Relief/support centers and welfare evacuation shelter should be regarded as temporal day-care facility and be covered by the law.

3) In circumstances such as the change in living environment or not being able to get helper/personal assistance assigned for specific disabled persons, flexible measures should be taken such as the extension of time limits for payment of services in such schemes as “housework assistance”, “home assistance for persons with severe disabilities” and “guide helper for autistic persons”.

(For example, some people who evacuated to Niigata usually had support in the daytime for activities.  However, where they evacuated, they needed personal assistance even in the daytime.  When they consulted the people in charge in their original local municipalities, the city seemed reluctant to permit it.  The bureaucrats at the city office would say “it was your decision to evacuate” and could not reach conclusions. They had to go to the prefecture office to explain the notice from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, but was only told that they would inform the city office.  Talks with the city office will lead them nowhere, and so it is vital that the government ensure financial aid.

4) Measures should be taken to secure its effectiveness in the administrative notices issued by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, including “re-provision and re-grant of hearing aids and devices needed for daily life should be given regardless of the duration years”, “the re-issuing of physical disability certificate should be conducted promptly, and with reference of past applications or medical examination, the doctor’s judge can be omitted”,..

5)  As for the welfare services for persons with disabilities having to live outside their original communities, special attention should be paid that those evacuating to other cities, towns and villages can receive such community life support services as communication support including dispatch of sign language interpreters and note taking supporters, and provision of devices needed for daily life. These services are usually practiced by citys, towns and villages. At the same time evacuees should be notified that they can get the same kind of services.

6)  The service scheme is divided into many categories such as physical care, housework assistance, home assistance for persons with severe disabilities, guide for autistic persons, guide going to hospital, guide help, etc, and the qualifications of these service providers likewise.  They should be simplified as much as possible for affected pesons and for affected areas.  Their unification is desirable.

For example, physical assistance shod not include cleaning or tiding up; housework assistance not include attendant care. Furthermore, each service needs different certified helpers/assistants. Even if there are people who are willing to help, the scheme prevents them.  Since support givers are also affected by the disaster, management of people and office account work is becoming a big burden.  These limits to services and its certification do not match the needs of the evacuees nor the hopes of service givers and thus special measures should be taken.

7 )  All expenses for supporting community life including home help schemes, care management system, and small size community workshops at public and private evacuation shelters should be paid by the government funds for anti-disaster reconstruction.

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06 May 2011

Used Light-Cars were sent to Sendai

For your donation, we could send 4 used light cars to Focal Relief (disabled people) Center Miyagi(Taihakuku, Sendai city).

Two weeks ago, by the office, we were requested immediate need of vehicles for their Relief assistance activities of the victims and personal assistances of persons with disabilities. Many cars were lost by tsunami and very high demand on used light cars especially in the coastal areas.
Currently, transporting used cars takes for 1 month most commonly because many used cars are going to Tohoku area from all over Japan.
However, one of the dealers understood our activity and they transported 2 used cars on land 2 weeks ago. And, volunteers of Headquarter and their friends transported the other 2 cars on 24 April.

These helps for the transportation are also ways of important supports for the relief. We realized we could support by various forms.

We are going to purchase a lift-car soon and send more cars to Tohoku.

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