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TATEIWA Shin'ya May 2011
The Great East Japan Earthquake
Ars Vivendi E-mail Magazine No.50 (May 31, 2011)
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1) At the time of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in January 1985, CIL (Center for Independent Living) and other organizations promptly started supportive activities, which led to establishment of a fund. The fund's supportive activities include those in Turkey, Taiwan, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Myanmar, China, the Philippines and Haiti at the time of disaster. We build on such experiences for the Great East Japan Earthquake this time. Moreover, "Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake" was established by JIL (Japan Council on Independent Living Centers) and DPI Japan etc. in order to conduct supoortive activities.

2) The most serious problem is that life in shelters makes disabled people's life hard. Also, there are some possiblities that once they are sent to institutions far from their living places they are forced to stay there. "Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake" has conducted its activities in order to prevent such things.

3) While we collaborate with such organizations, we have been collecting information concerning 2) (i.e., places where disabled people can live at ease) from across the country and posting such information on our website. At the same time, we have been conducting such activities as clarification of the history of 1), collecting and reporting current activities. Moreover, we will conduct an actual condition survey in the disaster areas.

4) There is a tedency to accept cuts of international aids etc. due to worries of financial resources for recovery from the Earthquake. Concerning this point, Professor Hayashi, our program member, writes a short sentences.
Moreover, we will make some comments at a meeting, too. We think that we cannnot allow such a tedency and we will keep focusing on it and making comments.

However, our following page concerning this theme
is written in Japanese for Japanese people. Compared with it, its English-version page http://www.arsvi.com/d/d102011-e.htm
does not provide enough information.

We are planning to provide more detailed information/reports/analyses via this e-mail magazine, our website, or our web journal which will be published in the near future.

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Translation by KATAOKA Minoru
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