3,200 protesters from all over Japan gathered in Tokyo, in order to protest against a new governments’ gloss over policy regarding long-stay psychiatric patients.
On sunny afternoon of 26th June 2014 in Tokyo, Japan, 3,200 people gathered to Hibiya Park*. The protest, named “Better in communities, not Hospitals: Stop renovating psychiatric wards into residence”, shortly “6.26 Urgent Meeting”, was decided to be held just three weeks before the date by a collation of service users, carers, mental health professionals and disability organisations. This was the biggest kind of protests regarding mental health issues in Japanese history and it raised as much as 5,005 Pounds donation. The participants showed their anger against Japanese government’s intention to introduce a new plan regarding psychiatric hospital wards, the plan which has been emerged in a series of committees…
Between June 12, 2014 －June 15, 2014, Representatives of DPI member organizations in North-East Asia Sub-Region got together in Shizuoka, Japan. Participants from Korea, China, Mongolia and Japan reported the current situation, challenges of persons with disabilities in each country and future plan of each organization. At the end of the meeting, the Shizuoka Declaration was adopted and we reassured the union of persons with disabilities in Northeast Asia and decided to have a next meeting in China in 2016. Please refer to the Report. Picture1:Representatives of 4 countries gathered Picture2:Courtesy Vsit to Deputy Governor Shizuoka Declaration(WORD、PDF) Meeting Report(WORD、PDF)