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2014-07-22 AdvocacyIndependent Living

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…

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2014-07-09 International Cooperation

Representatives of DPI member organiz ations in North-East Asia Sub-Region

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)

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2014-05-15 Info

Report on DPI’s project to develop the next generation of leaders with disabilities

Keiichiro Tamaru, DPI-Japan   Recognizing the importance to foster leaders among young people with disabilities, we here at DPI-Japan last year began the Next generation of leaders with disabilities –  Development and Empowerment Project (Empowerment School), with the support of The Kirin Foundation.   We extended invitations mainly to member organizations, resulting in a large number of applicants from all over Japan and a total of twenty-one participants overall. The majority of these members had physical disabilities, but we also had those with incurable illnesses and intellectual disabilities join us (with three being from DPI secretariats).   In the early stages, the members met, discussed, and learned about various topics…

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2014-04-02 International Cooperation

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…

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2014-04-02 Info

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; 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…

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