January 21, 2012
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), the Fukushima Bar Association, and the Japan Disability Forum will hold the briefing session for the persons with disabilities and their families in Koriyama-shi, Fukushima Prefecture on January 29.
The organizing groups have noted that the procedure to demand for compensation, etc. may not have got across to the persons with disabilities who are the victims of the First Nuclear Power Plant disaster of Tokyo Electric Power (TEP) in Fukushima.
According to JFBA officials, TEP has sent a set of the compensation forms to the disaster victims, which were not printed in braille for the person with sight impairment. Many of the victims also complained: "I do not understand the difficult terms or vocabulary", "I don't know how to fill in the form," etc.
At the briefing session, two lawyers will explain problems peculiar to the person with disability such as aggravation of the disability due to the evacuation, the increase in needed support, etc.
On the day, sign language interpreting and note taking will be provided. Also the material to be distributed will be translated into braille.