Japan Updates: March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011

The Japan Disability Forum has submitted a second petition to their government urging them to consider the needs of people with disabilities in interventions following the March 11 earthquake.  They request that the Japan government take steps to ensure that temporary housing and shelters are accessible and that television broadcasts about the disaster, evacuation, and services provide captions for deaf people.  The full letter, with these and other requests, is available at http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/2011/03/jdf-issued-2nd.html

The National Council on Disability in the US has sent an open letter to USAID to urge them not to overlook the needs of people with disabilities in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plan breakdown.  The full letter can be downloaded at http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/2010/NCDLetterToUSAID-HonorableRajShah_2011_March_21.doc

The new USICD blog site has a blog post about people with disabilities in Japan, entitled: "People with Disabilities: The Forgotten Story in Humanitarian Emergencies"

The Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities at Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake now has information about their post-disaster relief activities and how to help in the following languages: English, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Arabic, and French.  Any of these translations can be downloaded at http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/.  Other language translations will be posted at the same page as they become available.

The Relief Headquarters continues to need financial support for their efforts to bring essential services to people with disabilities following the March 11 earthquake.  Their services so far have included provision of food and water,  and support with ensuring that people who need continuous care have access to personal assistance,

Gifts can be made via credit card at http://www.j-payment.co.jp/lan/bokin/dpien.html?1.  If you wish to donate $100, this would translate into approximately 8100 Yen.  Credit card donations need to be a minimum of 1000 Yen (a little more than $12).  The Relief Headquarters has requested that people consider taking the lead in raising donations at a local level, in particular to include people who wish to support relief efforts but who may be unable to meet the minimum requested donation.

It is also possible to make donations via bank transfer:

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