DPI e-update

April 4, 2011

E-news for Week ending 1 April 2011

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Special Message from Shoji Nakanishi (Japan Council on Independent Living Centers)

On behalf of my colleagues, I sincerely appreciate messages of concern and sympathy from all over the world. On 11 March 2011, a massive earthquake hit the North-Eastern part of Japan. There are tens of thousands of causalities, including hundreds of persons with disabilities.

Disabled Peoples Organizations in Japan immediately set up an emergent disaster relief headquarters at Japan Council on Independent Living Centers (JIL), with me as its Director. Partners include DPI-Japan and various groups of persons with disabilities of all over Japan.

In disaster affected areas there are major shortages of fuel and electricity. Personal care assistants cannot reach users' homes. Respirator users have difficulty obtaining electric power. Even if they have generators, it is difficult to use a portable generator due to lack of fuel. There is also a shortage of food.

Currently, we have many offers from friends with disabilities from all over the world. Please send your donation to the following account.

Account with Bank: ?? The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd

Swift Code/BIC: ???? BOTKJPJT

Branch: ????           Kanda Blanch

Beneficiary's Account Number: Account No.331-1187475

Beneficiary's Name: ?? DPI-Japan

Thank you

Shoji Nakanishi

Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples' International

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