Japan Updates: April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011


Delegates from the Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities and the Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake in Japan made a trip to visit an independent living center in Taihaku-ward, Sendai, and evacuation shelters in Tagajo, Ishimaki, Iwaki-city and Tamura-city.  They brought mattresses, nutrition, and motorbikes that helpers could use to reach clients with disabilities who needed assistance with self care.  Many evacuees continue to sleep on cardboard with little privacy, even when changing.  For more detail on this visit, follow the link to http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/2011/04/allocating-sunn.html

Renho, Minister of State for Government Revitalization, visited Fukushima Support Center of JDF, Japan Disability Forum, in Koriyama-city, Fukushima precinct, 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.  For the rest of the story on this visit, follow the link to http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/2011/04/renho-minister.html

A local observer in Japan, Nakanishi Yukiko, reports that a door to door survey is being conducted in Japan to assess the needs of people with disabilities affected by the March earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant disaster.  So far, the results highlight that there is tremendous need for support and services among people with disabilities that are currently not being met because non-governmental organizations do not have enough resources to meet them.  Read more of her tweets at http://twitter.com/#!/yuki_adi.

A volunteer is wanted to help translate information about the situation of people with disabilities affected by the recent disasters in Japan from Japanese to English or other languages.  Those who are able to assist are encouraged to send an email to yuki@asiadisability.com.  More information is provided in Japanese at http://www.asiadisability.com/~yuki/

The Relief Headquarters continues to raise funds to benefit people with disabilities affected by the recent disasters in Japan.  People with disabilities affected by natural disasters are typically underserved by mainstream humanitarian response efforts due to lack of planning needed to meet their accessibility needs.  For example, critical information is frequently available either only in auditory format--and thus inaccessible for deaf people--or else only in visual format--and thus inaccessible for blind people.  This means they may not be warned in time of impending disasters, or may miss information about where and how to obtain needed food, water, or services.  People with mobility impairments may be left behind when others are evacuated because their need for accessible transport is frequently not accounted for. 

The Relief Headquarters in Japan has been providing a critical service in filling in this gap.  Donations can be made from overseas via credit card at http://www.j-payment.co.jp/lan/bokin/dpien.html?1.  People may also make donations via 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

Information about Relief Headquarters and how people can help is availalbe in English, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Arabic, French, Turkish, and Chinese.  The desired translation can be downloaded at http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/2011/03/relief-headquar.html#more