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April 2014

02 April 2014

Memorial Event for Satoru Misawa April 21-22, 2014

Our great leader Misawa Satoru, the former DPI-Japan chairperson, passed away on September 30, 2013. The farewell gathering for him will be held as following;

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April 21

12:30 – 16:30 Report Session (Big Conference Hall, Lower House Council Office Building I B1F)
1. Legacy of Misawa
2. Special Report from Lee Sang-ho, Seoul City Council
3. Symposium: CRPD Ratification and the 2nd Round of Policy Reform
18:00 – 20:00 Farewell Party (New Kasumigaseki Building)

April 22
10:00 – 14:00 Parade (from Japan Bar Association Building to Ginza)
“CRPD Ratification: A Society for all of Us!”
Disability movement in Japan is currently facing a new stage after CRPD ratification. This event will take place for the remembrance of Misawa, who had made effort to take over the role of our movement to new generation. A lot of guests who have walked, fought and rejoiced with him get together on this day. Anyone who has an interest, please contact misawa.tsugu@gmail.com.


Study Visit for Relief Activity for Typhoon Yolanda-Affected People with Disabilities in the Philippines

March 2014

Super Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 and death toll has climbed nearly 8,000. To help people with disabilities in the affected area, DPI-Japan started to collect donation as well as collect information in collaboration with the Manila Independent Living Center for persons with disabilities, Life Haven Inc.

To find a counterpart organization at site and recipients of assistive devices, DPI-Japan, between February 2 and 8, 2014, conducted a study visit in collaboration with Yumekaze Fund, which has contributed for relief activities for disaster-affected persons with disabilities. Study team including wheelchair users visited Tacloban city, Leyte which was damaged severely. As a result of the study, we decided to provide persons with disabilities in the city for assistive devices (15 wheelchairs and 8 pairs of crutches etc.) through TAPDICO (Tacloban Persons with Disability Cooperative), the community based self help group of persons with disabilities.

Just a part of the disaster-affected persons with disabilities in the city will be provided this time. They are living in very difficult condition without any medical care, even with no safe drinking water. DPI-Japan continuously raise fund and support people with disabilities in the Philippines.


For donation, please contact: office_en@dpi-japan.org

 Photo 1 Mr. Abner, President of Manila Independent Living Center


Photo 2 Devastated coast area in Tacloban


Photo 3 Meeting with Self Help Group


Photo 4 City Hall Visit


Photo 5 Many children with Disabilities have no support


Photo 6 Blind couple in the shelter



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