Deaf disaster victim proposes about disaster prevention support based on his experience

Sasaki tells in sign language while the situation of those days which suffered a great deal of damage is shown in a photo slide.

November 25, 2013 

The disaster prevention lecture meeting took place in Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture on November 24, aiming at considering measures, support method for the Deaf, etc. in case of the large-scale earthquake.

A Deaf office worker Sasaki Katsuhiko (佐々木克彦), 46, of Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture stricken by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, presented a lecture entitled "Remember the Day when the Earthquake hit northeastern Japan".

He told his own experience, etc., and appealed for the preparation to the seismic hazard.

He is from Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi Prefecture. The office where he was hired in Sendai inland located about 800 meters from the seashore was attacked by tsunami. Although he was safe, he lost not only his coworkers and acquaintances, but also his parents who lived in Ishinomaki-shi.

Sasaki currently advocates and lectures for support to the Deaf disaster victims. He spoke about the fear of tsunami that rolled in, the bodies of his parents found three months later, etc.

Scholars recently have pointed out the possible occurrence of the Nankai Trough massive earthquake in the Tokai district where Nagoya-shi is located. "If a Deaf person has mingled with neighboring people, they will help you," insisted he, "human relationship in the area where you are is vital."

The organizing committee consisted of sign language interpreters and the volunteers of the sign language circles held the lecture meeting for the first time. About 220 persons were present at the event.

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